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    In 1994 I was diagnosed with celiac disease, which led me to create Celiac.com in 1995. I created this site for a single purpose: To help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives. Celiac.com was the first site on the Internet dedicated solely to celiac disease. In 1998 I founded The Gluten-Free Mall, Your Special Diet Superstore!, and I am the co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of Journal of Gluten Sensitivity.

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    Scott Adams
    This recipe comes to us from Kaye Worthington. It is from an Australian magazine called The Australian Womens Weekly. When making them, you must remember that Australians use metric measurements e.g. 1 cup = 250 ml, etc. This recipe, which is free from gluten, dairy products and eggs, makes 1 fruit cake or pudding. Recipe can be made one month ahead, keep refrigerated.
    2 ¼ cups (360g) sultanas
    1 ½ cups (250g) chopped raisins
    ½ cup (75g) dried currants
    1 ½ cups (250g) chopped seeded dates
    1 ½ cups (375 ml) water
    ½ cup (125 ml) orange juice
    2 tablespoons honey
    1 cup (200g) firmly packed brown sugar
    185 dairy-free margarine
    1 cup (125g) soy flour
    1 cup (150g) rice flour
    1 teaspoon cream of tartar
    ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    2 teaspoons mixed spice
    1 cup (125g) packaged ground almonds
    Line base and sides of a deep 19cm square cake pan with 1 layer brown paper and 3 layers of baking paper, bringing paper 5cm above edges of pan. Combine fruit, water, juice, honey, sugar and margarine in large pan, stir over heat until margarine is melted; cool. Combine fruit mixture, sifted dry ingredients and nuts in large bowl. Spread into prepared pan. Bake in slow oven about 2 ½ hours, covering loosely with foil after 1 hour. Cover hot cake tightly in foil, cool in pan.
    Steamed Pudding: Spoon mixture into greased 9 cup capacity pudding steamer. Steam 6 hours.
    Serves 25
    Suitable to freeze
    Not suitable to microwave
    Each serving contains: 1144kj(273 calories), 9g fat (3g monounsaturated, 5 g polyunsaturated, 1 g saturated), 3 g fiber.

    Scott Adams
    This recipe comes to us from Joanne Rogers.
    It is also very good with blueberries instead of the rhubarb.
    ½ cup margarine
    1-½ cups white sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 egg
    2 cups gluten-free flour mix (e.g., B. Hagmans)
    1 teaspoon xanthan gum
    ½ teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 cup milk
    2 cups chopped rhubarb
    Topping:
    ½ cup brown sugar
    ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    Mix margarine and sugar together; beat in egg and vanilla. Mix in dry ingredients followed by milk, then finely chopped rhubarb. Pour into greased pan then sprinkle mixed topping on top. Bake in 9x13 inch pan at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes. Half this recipe works well in an 8x8 inch pan.

    Scott Adams
    This recipe is a sampling from a new cookbook tentatively titled The Gluten-Free Baker by Roben Ryberg, scheduled for publication in the spring of 1999.
    Roben Ryberg: We were encouraging my sisters family to taste-test this cake when they were visiting. Anyone walking through my front door is forced to try my latest creations. My teenage nephew said he wouldnt try it unless his sister tried it first. Being a wonderful girl, she did. With a look of astonishment, she said Mmm, this is really good. It tastes just like regular carrot cake. My sister, her husband, and her now brave son echoed the same appreciation of the cake. It is very moist, but not wet, just like it should be.
    Ingredients:
    ½ cup oil
    ½ cup sugar
    ½ cup dark brown sugar
    2 eggs
    ¾ cup cornstarch
    2/3 cup potato starch
    ¾ teaspoon baking soda
    ½ teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
    3 tablespoons water
    ½ cup chopped nuts (optional)
    1 ½ cups packed grated carrots
    (about 4 medium carrots)
    Icing Ingredients:
    2 cups powdered sugar
    3 ounces cream cheese
    2 tablespoons butter, softened
    1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
    Directions:
    Preheat oven to 300. In a large bowl, combine oil, sugar, and dark brown sugar. Mix well. Add all remaining ingredients except for the nuts and carrots. Mix well, being sure that no lumps remain in the batter. Mix in carrots and nuts. Pour batter into greased 8x8 or 9x9 inch square baking pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until toothpick inserted in middle tests clean.
    Note, this cake will have a bit of a dome when first removed from the oven. It will settle as it cools.
    For icing, combine, powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Beat very well. Add a few drops of milk if needed to thin the icing. Spread icing on cooled cake.
    Makes one 8x8 or 9x9 square cake.

    Scott Adams
    This recipe comes to us from Nina in Phoenix.
    CAKE
    1 ½ cups gluten-free Flour Mix
    ½ cup Soy Flour
    1 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
    ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
    2 teaspoon dried orange peel
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 cup brown sugar
    2 beaten eggs
    1/3 cup orange juice
    1 cup sour cream or vanilla yogurt
    3 tablespoon melted butter
    ½ cup chopped walnuts
    FRUIT
    ¼ cup butter
    ½ cup brown sugar
    1 cup rum
    ¼ cup water
    ½ cup chopped dried apples
    ½ cup chopped dried apricots
    ½ cup chopped dried peaches
    ½ cup chopped dried cherries
    ½ cup chopped prunes
    ¼ cup chopped walnuts
    ½ cup whole fresh or frozen cranberries
    FRUIT: In a small saucepan, melt butter with sugar over a medium heat. Add the dried/chopped fruit, rum, and water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes until syrupy. Drain fruit and reserve the syrup. Mix the fruit with the walnuts and whole cranberries. Set aside.
    CAKE: Mix together all the dried ingredients and nuts and set aside. In a small bowl, mix together the sour cream (or yogurt) with the butter, then mix in the beaten eggs and orange juice. Mix the dry ingredients into the moist ingredients a little at a time until all are blended together.
    FRUITCAKE: Grease and flour and bundt pan. Spoons half of the fruit mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Now spoon half of the cake batter over the fruit, making sure to let the batter touch both sides of the pan. Spoon the remaining fruit evenly on top of the batter. Cover this layer of fruit evenly with the remaining batter.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Remove from oven, let set a couple of minutes and then turn over onto a plate. It may be necessary to rescue a few pieces of fruit which stuck to the pan. Reheat the reserved rum/fruit juice. Prick the top of the cake with a toothpick and then spoon about 1/3 - ½ of the fruit/rum juice onto the top and sides of the cake. Save the remaining juice for drizzling over individual cake slices. The individual juice drizzled slices may be served with a dollop of whipped cream.
     

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    Christina Kantzavelos
    Celiac.com 07/20/2018 - During my Vipassana retreat, I wasn’t left with much to eat during breakfast, at least in terms of gluten free options. Even with gluten free bread, the toasters weren’t separated to prevent cross contamination. All of my other options were full of sugar (cereals, fruits), which I try to avoid, especially for breakfast. I had to come up with something that did not have sugar, was tasty, salty, and gave me some form of protein. After about four days of mixing and matching, I was finally able to come up with the strangest concoction, that may not look the prettiest, but sure tastes delicious. Actually, if you squint your eyes just enough, it tastes like buttery popcorn. I now can’t stop eating it as a snack at home, and would like to share it with others who are looking for a yummy nutritious snack. 
    Ingredients:
    4 Rice cakes ⅓ cup of Olive oil  Mineral salt ½ cup Nutritional Yeast ⅓ cup of Sunflower Seeds  Intriguing list, right?...
    Directions (1.5 Servings):
    Crunch up the rice into small bite size pieces.  Throw a liberal amount of nutritional yeast onto the pieces, until you see more yellow than white.  Add salt to taste. For my POTS brothers and sisters, throw it on (we need an excess amount of salt to maintain a healthy BP).  Add olive oil  Liberally sprinkle sunflower seeds. This is what adds the protein and crunch, so the more, the tastier.  Buen Provecho, y Buen Camino! 

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 07/19/2018 - Maintaining a gluten-free diet can be an on-going challenge, especially when you factor in all the hidden or obscure gluten that can trip you up. In many cases, foods that are naturally gluten-free end up contain added gluten. Sometimes this can slip by us, and that when the suffering begins. To avoid suffering needlessly, be sure to keep a sharp eye on labels, and beware of added or hidden gluten, even in food labeled gluten-free.  Use Celiac.com's SAFE Gluten-Free Food List and UNSAFE Gluten-free Food List as a guide.
    Also, beware of these common mistakes that can ruin your gluten-free diet. Watch out for:
    Watch out for naturally gluten-free foods like rice and soy, that use gluten-based ingredients in processing. For example, many rice and soy beverages are made using barley enzymes, which can cause immune reactions in people with celiac disease. Be careful of bad advice from food store employees, who may be misinformed themselves. For example, many folks mistakenly believe that wheat-based grains like spelt or kamut are safe for celiacs. Be careful when taking advice. Beware of cross-contamination between food store bins selling raw flours and grains, often via the food scoops. Be careful to avoid wheat-bread crumbs in butter, jams, toaster, counter surface, etc. Watch out for hidden gluten in prescription drugs. Ask your pharmacist for help about anything you’re not sure about, or suspect might contain unwanted gluten. Watch out for hidden gluten in lotions, conditioners, shampoos, deodorants, creams and cosmetics, (primarily for those with dermatitis herpetaformis). Be mindful of stamps, envelopes or other gummed labels, as these can often contain wheat paste. Use a sponge to moisten such surfaces. Be careful about hidden gluten in toothpaste and mouthwash. Be careful about common cereal ingredients, such as malt flavoring, or other non-gluten-free ingredient. Be extra careful when considering packaged mixes and sauces, including soy sauce, fish sauce, catsup, mustard, mayonnaise, etc., as many of these can contain wheat or wheat by-product in their manufacture. Be especially careful about gravy mixes, packets & canned soups. Even some brands of rice paper can contain gluten, so be careful. Lastly, watch out for foods like ice cream and yogurt, which are often gluten-free, but can also often contain added ingredients that can make them unsuitable for anyone on a gluten-free diet. Eating Out? If you eat out, consider that many restaurants use a shared grill or shared cooking oil for regular and gluten-free foods, so be careful. Also, watch for flour in otherwise gluten-free spices, as per above. Ask questions, and stay vigilant.

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 07/18/2018 - Despite many studies on immune development in children, there still isn’t much good data on how a mother’s diet during pregnancy and infancy influences a child’s immune development.  A team of researchers recently set out to assess whether changes in maternal or infant diet might influence the risk of allergies or autoimmune disease.
    The team included Vanessa Garcia-Larsen, Despo Ierodiakonou, Katharine Jarrold, Sergio Cunha,  Jennifer Chivinge, Zoe Robinson, Natalie Geoghegan, Alisha Ruparelia, Pooja Devani, Marialena Trivella, Jo Leonardi-Bee, and Robert J. Boyle.
    They are variously associated with the Department of Undiagnosed Celiac Disease More Common in Women and Girls International Health, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America; the Respiratory Epidemiology, Occupational Medicine and Public Health, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom; the Section of Paediatrics, Department of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom; the Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom; the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom; the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom; and Stanford University in the USA.
    Team members searched MEDLINE, Excerpta Medica dataBASE (EMBASE), Web of Science, Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), and Literatura Latino Americana em Ciências da Saúde (LILACS) for observational studies conducted between January 1946 and July 2013, and interventional studies conducted through December 2017, that evaluated the relationship between diet during pregnancy, lactation, or the first year of life, and future risk of allergic or autoimmune disease. 
    They then selected studies, extracted data, and assessed bias risk. They evaluated data using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE). They found 260 original studies, covering 964,143 participants, of milk feeding, including 1 intervention trial of breastfeeding promotion, and 173 original studies, covering 542,672 participants, of other maternal or infant dietary exposures, including 80 trials of 26 maternal, 32 infant, or 22 combined interventions. 
    They found a high bias risk in nearly half of the more than 250 milk feeding studies and in about one-quarter of studies of other dietary exposures. Evidence from 19 intervention trials suggests that oral supplementation with probiotics during late pregnancy and lactation may reduce risk of eczema. 44 cases per 1,000; 95% CI 20–64), and 6 trials, suggest that fish oil supplementation during pregnancy and lactation may reduce risk of allergic sensitization to egg. GRADE certainty of these findings was moderate. 
    The team found less evidence, and low GRADE certainty, for claims that breastfeeding reduces eczema risk during infancy, that longer exclusive breastfeeding is associated with reduced type 1 diabetes mellitus, and that probiotics reduce risk of infants developing allergies to cow’s milk. 
    They found no evidence that dietary exposure to other factors, including prebiotic supplements, maternal allergenic food avoidance, and vitamin, mineral, fruit, and vegetable intake, influence risk of allergic or autoimmune disease. 
    Overall, the team’s findings support a connection between the mother’s diet and risk of immune-mediated diseases in the child. Maternal probiotic and fish oil supplementation may reduce risk of eczema and allergic sensitization to food, respectively.
    Stay tuned for more on diet during pregnancy and its role in celiac disease.
    Source:
    PLoS Med. 2018 Feb; 15(2): e1002507. doi:  10.1371/journal.pmed.1002507

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 07/17/2018 - What can fat soluble vitamin levels in newly diagnosed children tell us about celiac disease? A team of researchers recently assessed fat soluble vitamin levels in children diagnosed with newly celiac disease to determine whether vitamin levels needed to be assessed routinely in these patients during diagnosis.
    The researchers evaluated the symptoms of celiac patients in a newly diagnosed pediatric group and evaluated their fat soluble vitamin levels and intestinal biopsies, and then compared their vitamin levels with those of a healthy control group.
    The research team included Yavuz Tokgöz, Semiha Terlemez and Aslıhan Karul. They are variously affiliated with the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, the Department of Pediatrics, and the Department of Biochemistry at Adnan Menderes University Medical Faculty in Aydın, Turkey.
    The team evaluated 27 female, 25 male celiac patients, and an evenly divided group of 50 healthy control subjects. Patients averaged 9 years, and weighed 16.2 kg. The most common symptom in celiac patients was growth retardation, which was seen in 61.5%, with  abdominal pain next at 51.9%, and diarrhea, seen in 11.5%. Histological examination showed nearly half of the patients at grade Marsh 3B. 
    Vitamin A and vitamin D levels for celiac patients were significantly lower than the control group. Vitamin A and vitamin D deficiencies were significantly more common compared to healthy subjects. Nearly all of the celiac patients showed vitamin D insufficiency, while nearly 62% showed vitamin D deficiency. Nearly 33% of celiac patients showed vitamin A deficiency. 
    The team saw no deficiencies in vitamin E or vitamin K1 among celiac patients. In the healthy control group, vitamin D deficiency was seen in 2 (4%) patients, vitamin D insufficiency was determined in 9 (18%) patients. The team found normal levels of all other vitamins in the healthy group.
    Children with newly diagnosed celiac disease showed significantly reduced levels of vitamin D and A. The team recommends screening of vitamin A and D levels during diagnosis of these patients.
    Source:
    BMC Pediatrics

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 07/16/2018 - Did weak public oversight leave Arizonans ripe for Theranos’ faulty blood tests scam? Scandal-plagued blood-testing company Theranos deceived Arizona officials and patients by selling unproven, unreliable products that produced faulty medical results, according to a new book by Wall Street Journal reporter, whose in-depth, comprehensive investigation of the company uncovered deceit, abuse, and potential fraud.
    Moreover, Arizona government officials facilitated the deception by providing weak regulatory oversight that essentially left patients as guinea pigs, said the book’s author, investigative reporter John Carreyrou. 
    In the newly released "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup," Carreyrou documents how Theranos and its upstart founder, Elizabeth Holmes, used overblown marketing claims and questionable sales tactics to push faulty products that resulted in consistently faulty blood tests results. Flawed results included tests for celiac disease and numerous other serious, and potentially life-threatening, conditions.
    According to Carreyrou, Theranos’ lies and deceit made Arizonans into guinea pigs in what amounted to a "big, unauthorized medical experiment.” Even though founder Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos duped numerous people, including seemingly savvy investors, Carreyrou points out that there were public facts available to elected officials back then, like a complete lack of clinical data on the company's testing and no approvals from the Food and Drug Administration for any of its tests.
    SEC recently charged the now disgraced Holmes with what it called a 'years-long fraud.’ The company’s value has plummeted, and it is now nearly worthless, and facing dozens, and possibly hundreds of lawsuits from angry investors. Meantime, Theranos will pay Arizona consumers $4.65 million under a consumer-fraud settlement Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich negotiated with the embattled blood-testing company.
    Both investors and Arizona officials, “could have picked up on those things or asked more questions or kicked the tires more," Carreyrou said. Unlike other states, such as New York, Arizona lacks robust laboratory oversight that would likely have prevented Theranos from operating in those places, he added.
    Stay tuned for more new on how the Theranos fraud story plays out.
    Read more at azcentral.com.