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lucia

Member Since 05 May 2010
Offline Last Active May 07 2012 02:44 PM
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Canada Will Now Require Labels To Identify Allergens

16 January 2012 - 05:52 PM

Harper Government Strengthens Food Allergen Labelling Regulations

News Release
February 14, 2011

Backgrounder: Changes to Enhanced Allergen Labelling Regulations

OTTAWA - Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, and Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans, announced regulations to strengthen Canada's labelling of food allergens and gluten sources. This means that Canadians with food allergies, sensitivities and celiac disease will soon be able to make more informed choices about the foods they buy. The Ministers also unveiled what the food label will now look like.

"Our Government is committed to protecting children and families from dangerous products, and this is clear from the measures we have taken in our new Consumer Product Safety Act," said Minister Aglukkaq. "All parents want to have confidence in the food they are serving their families, and these changes to food labels will make it easier for parents of children with food allergies to identify potentially harmful, if not fatal, ingredients in foods."

It is estimated that approximately five to six per cent of young children and three to four per cent of adults suffer from food allergies. Nearly one per cent of the population is affected by celiac disease, for whom the consumption of foods containing gluten can lead to long term complications.

The new regulations will require additional labelling and strengthen the labelling requirements to require clearer language and the declaration of otherwise "hidden" allergens, gluten sources, and sulphites.

Because of the complexity of the changes and the shelf-life of foods, industry has been given 18 months to implement the new allergen labelling regulations. The coming into force date is set for August 4, 2012.

Health Canada and the CFIA will continue to work with industry members to ensure that there is a smooth labelling implementation period for foods sold in Canada. Health Canada will continue to update Canadians on the progress of this file as the coming into force date approaches.

Please visit Health Canada's website for details on the final regulatory amendments on labelling regulations for food allergens, gluten sources and added sulphites. You can also watch our video on Allergen Labelling.

http://www.hc-sc.gc....2011_23-eng.php

Cinnamon Basil Muffins

25 November 2011 - 02:33 PM

These are extra nice - savory & sweet. My friend said that they taste like pastries he gets in Chinatown. Must be because of the rice flour. They're nice for sharing with non-celiac pals. A light, crisp taste.


Cinnamon Basil Muffins

1/4 cup cinnamon basil leaves
OR
1/4 cup basil leaves AND 1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten

1/2 cup white rice flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
1 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Puree cinnamon basil leaves in a blender with the oil until it is a fine puree. Add sugar and egg and mix well.

Sift together dry ingredients. Add to basil-oil mixture and combine. Add in sour cream, milk and walnuts and mix well.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, or until muffins feel springy.

I'm Grateful For ...

23 November 2011 - 01:28 PM

-my health, sans gluten, and more & more energy everyday
-all of the world's delicious fruits and veggies, especially cranberries & brussel sprouts today
-the crisp, late-November air that accompanies Thanksgiving
-friends to spend the holiday with
-and a husband to spend *all* the holidays with

Avatar Restaurant - Marin County In San Francisco Bay Area

04 November 2011 - 12:24 PM

I wanted to thank the proprietor of Avatar Restaurant in Sausalito for a great, gluten-free experience! Instead of rolling his eyes when I announced that I was gluten-free, the owner clapped his hands together joyously. "I'll make you the best meal you've ever had!" he exclaimed. Ok, maybe that was a bit of boisterous, Punjabi bragging (there's a reason why so many Bollywood stars are Punjabi) but it was delicious and interesting food, a meal that I'll remember forever. My dishes weren't even on the menu - how awesome is that when you're gluten-free!

They call the food at Avatar "confusion fusion" - very California! Their specialty is enchiladas with Indian spices. The owner brought me pumpkin enchiladas -yum! I particularly enjoyed a second dish that featured a mix of sauteed tofu, raw cabbage, eggplant, potatoes, and other veggies with sweet and sour flavors over rice. It was culinary greatness, but I can't tell you what it was called. The restaurant has the feel of a diner on a weekday afternoon, and regulars on stools were chatting away with our Punjabi host. Really lovely atmosphere.

Avatar is easily reached from the waterfront district of Sausalito. It's just a mile or so down Bridgeway (possible to reach by bike if you're renting and riding over the GG bridge from San Francisco). I'd recommend it to anyone who likes interesting food, but especially those who are gluten-free. It's worth a special trip. I'd also suggest trying Avatar Punjabi Burrito in Mill Valley, owned by the same family (although I can't personally vouch for that one).

http://www.enjoyavatars.com/

A Miracle?!? - Change In My Reaction To Gluten

25 October 2011 - 02:17 PM

I accidentally ate gluten. The chef screwed up my dish. She was supposed to leave the chunks of gluten cake out of my vegetarian pho. My server came rushing to my table five minutes after she'd served it to stop me from eating anymore. I'd already consumed two large hunks of gluten cake (which looks just like tofu).

Just six months ago, crumbs from a contaminated toaster landed me on the couch for five days with nasty intestinal cramps, fever, chills, muscle aches, exhaustion, etc. I'd seen the same set of symptoms over the past 1 and 1/2 years every time I reacted. After consuming gluten, I'd come down with cramps 6-8 hours later then cycle through the rest of the symptoms. This time, instead, my stomach bloated immediately. This was followed by burping and gas, then diarrhea. I was over it within 4 hours. I didn't even have to lay down. I had a nice dinner. Wow!

I haven't seen other people on the board recount stories like this. My doctor at the Celiac Center and Dr. Green who heads the Celiac Center in his book didn't mention anything like this. But my acupuncturist was unsurprised by this. She's told me that she thinks I'll be able to eat gluten again without a reaction once my digestive system is "stronger". (She has never recommended going back to pizza & beer nights, but she feels my body will be able to handle gluten occasionally.)

What do you guys think? What's gong on?