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    What's the World's Most Celiac-Friendly Travel Destination?


    Jefferson Adams

    Celiac.com 03/15/2013 - The website GlutenFreeTravelSite.com has named Pennsylvania as the most celiac-friendly destination in the world.


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    Photo: CC--paulhamiEach year, the site chooses winners based on the highest number of positive reviews received over the previous twelve months. Previous winners include New York, Florida, Washington D.C. and California.

    According to the travel site, Pennsylvania won this year “due in large part to the many, many Philadelphia-area restaurants that have undergone training through the GREAT Kitchens program run by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness [NFCA]."

    Through its GREAT Kitchens program, the NFCA focuses on training restaurants in safely preparing gluten-free meals. It also offers training for chefs and food-service managers on safely handling gluten-free food.

    According to their website, glutenfreetravel.com offers resources, tips and other information devoted to helping people with celiac disease to travel freely, without being inhibited by their celiac disease. The company has its headquarters in Pennsylvania.

    Click here to see which Pennsylvania eating establishments got the best feedback on GlutenFreeTravelSite.

    Also, what do you think of their choice? Do you travel or live in Pennsylvania? Do you find it to be a good place for people with celiac disease to eat out safely? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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    Guest Emily

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    This does not feel accurate to me, but rather a reflection of NFCA's robust marketing.

    Last I was aware, the GREAT program does educate restaurants about how to provide gluten-free food, but, unlike GFRAP's restaurant certification, does not require the most stringent protocols, like a dedicated gluten-free prep area with dedicated kitchen utensils. I would love to hear otherwise, if this is incorrect, though.

     

    The biggest concentration of GFRAP restaurants is in NYC, and I have always felt more comfortable eating in that city than I have in Philadelphia.

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    Guest Karen Broussard

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    Thanks for covering the results of our contest. One minor correction.. .we aren't based in Pennsylvania. However, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness is, and they do a lot of outreach and training to restaurants in Pennsylvania, particularly in the Philadelphia area.

     

    In addition to offering tips for people traveling with Celiac, I wanted to mention that our website, GlutenFreeTravelSite, also has thousands of user-submitted gluten-free dining and travel reviews, searchable by location. You can search reviews of restaurants, bakeries, markets, hotels, resorts, cruises -- and even colleges -- by state/country or more narrowly by town/zip code.

     

    Keep up the great coverage, Celiac.com!

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    I have to say that as all the 'best in the world' are in the US, it should be 'best in the US'. I have found eating gluten-free in Peru, India and Spain was much easier than in most US cities - as their cuisines don't rely much on gluten products. In Spain, I found the most amazing gluten-free croissants, and the care the wait staff in many restaurants took to ensure what I ordered was gluten free was very impressive. Much of Peruvian food is potato based, and Indian cuisine does not use flour except for the breads. I'm finding that San Diego has an increasingly large number of restaurants with gluten-free menus too - Sammy's Pizza chain, all the Cohn restaurants and many single location, locally owned places 'get it' really well.

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    PA may have shown up high in your survey, but in my experience it is hardly "best in the world." Once outside of metropolitan areas, celiac-awareness is not found easily.

     

    Two Trips to Italy and more than 10 trips to Australia and New Zealand proved that I could eat gluten-free in even the smallest town or out of the way place without any problem. Australia and Italy have been in the forefront of celiac disease research, and I would have to say these countries get my vote for "best in the world."

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    We always stop at Welcome Visitor Centers when driving through PA (not Philly). They have a lot of info flyers and booklets but none of them mention where to eat gluten-free off the highway. Glutenfreetravel.com prominently displayed on them would be a big help.

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    I have to say that as all the 'best in the world' are in the US, it should be 'best in the US'. I have found eating gluten-free in Peru, India and Spain was much easier than in most US cities - as their cuisines don't rely much on gluten products. In Spain, I found the most amazing gluten-free croissants, and the care the wait staff in many restaurants took to ensure what I ordered was gluten free was very impressive. Much of Peruvian food is potato based, and Indian cuisine does not use flour except for the breads. I'm finding that San Diego has an increasingly large number of restaurants with gluten-free menus too - Sammy's Pizza chain, all the Cohn restaurants and many single location, locally owned places 'get it' really well.

    I agree. Best in the world would have to be somewhere in Asia or South America where wheat is not the primary grain.

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    I was in Philadelphia for work last week, and I was very comfortable eating out with my colleagues. The restaurants where I ate were very knowledgeable about gluten-containing foods and the need to avoid cross contamination. Although I agree that the contest results are more U.S.-based than truly international, I applaud this site's efforts to expand global awareness of gluten intolerance.

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    I guess the reviewers have never been to Harrisburg, PA. Definitely not the most celiac-friendly place in the world.

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    I agree with Anne. "Best in the world" is certainly not the same as "best in the US." I live in the Netherlands, and travel a lot in Europe and in the US. Restaurants in the Netherlands know how to deal with gluten-free and are generally terrific, especially if given advance warning. Good gluten-free in Portugal as well, which, like Spain, doesn't use a lot of gluten products. But the very best - counter-intuitively - is Italy. It is a true paradise for celiacs; restaurants have special "celiaci" menus printed up and gluten-free pasta is readily available. Having said all this, my US experiences have been good, too, if you forget the fast food chains.

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    I am just happy to hear that somewhere in the US they don't look at you like you have snakes for hair when you ask for a gluten-free menu. I live in the St. Louis area and frequently have to travel to Indiana and find I need to bring my food or suffer. Last place I asked for a gluten-free menu, I was told "we don't have anything free here!!!" Needless to say, evidently my "snakes" were not welcome!!

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    I was told in one place that they only do that from 3:00-5:00.... I've been spoiled at Disneyworld, starved in Las Vegas. I always carry a few Kind bars, and try to keep cheese and gluten-free crackers in a small cooler.

     

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    http://greenthumbfarms.com
    Maine Distilleries
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    Gluten Free Dietician - Labeling of Alcohol
    http://www.glutenfreedietitian.com/newsletter/2011/01/18/gluten-free-labeling-of-alcohol/
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    Bakery On Main started in the small bakery of a natural foods market on Main Street in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Founder Michael Smulders listened when his customers with Celiac Disease would mention the lack of good tasting, gluten-free options available to them. Upon learning this, he believed that nobody should have to suffer due to any kind of food allergy or dietary need. From then on, his mission became creating delicious and fearlessly unique gluten-free products that were clean and great tasting, while still being safe for his Celiac customers!
    Premium ingredients, bakeshop delicious recipes, and happy customers were our inspiration from the beginning— and are still the cornerstones of Bakery On Main today. We are a fiercely ethical company that believes in integrity and feels that happiness and wholesome, great tasting food should be harmonious. We strive for that in everything we bake in our dedicated gluten-free facility that is GFCO Certified and SQF Level 3 Certified. We use only natural, NON-GMO Project Verified ingredients and all of our products are certified Kosher Parve, dairy and casein free, and we have recently introduced certified Organic items as well! 
    Our passion is to bake the very best products while bringing happiness to our customers, each other, and all those we meet!
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    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/20/2018 - Currently, the only way to manage celiac disease is to eliminate gluten from the diet. That could be set to change as clinical trials begin in Australia for a new vaccine that aims to switch off the immune response to gluten. 
    The trials are set to begin at Australia’s University of the Sunshine Coast Clinical Trials Centre. The vaccine is designed to allow people with celiac disease to consume gluten with no adverse effects. A successful vaccine could be the beginning of the end for the gluten-free diet as the only currently viable treatment for celiac disease. That could be a massive breakthrough for people with celiac disease.
    USC’s Clinical Trials Centre Director Lucas Litewka said trial participants would receive an injection of the vaccine twice a week for seven weeks. The trials will be conducted alongside gastroenterologist Dr. James Daveson, who called the vaccine “a very exciting potential new therapy that has been undergoing clinical trials for several years now.”
    Dr. Daveson said the investigational vaccine might potentially restore gluten tolerance to people with celiac disease.The trial is open to adults between the ages of 18 and 70 who have clinically diagnosed celiac disease, and have followed a strict gluten-free diet for at least 12 months. Anyone interested in participating can go to www.joinourtrials.com.
    Read more at the website for Australia’s University of the Sunshine Coast Clinical Trials Centre.

    Source:
    FoodProcessing.com.au

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/19/2018 - Could baking soda help reduce the inflammation and damage caused by autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, and celiac disease? Scientists at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University say that a daily dose of baking soda may in fact help reduce inflammation and damage caused by autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, and celiac disease.
    Those scientists recently gathered some of the first evidence to show that cheap, over-the-counter antacids can prompt the spleen to promote an anti-inflammatory environment that could be helpful in combating inflammatory disease.
    A type of cell called mesothelial cells line our body cavities, like the digestive tract. They have little fingers, called microvilli, that sense the environment, and warn the organs they cover that there is an invader and an immune response is needed.
    The team’s data shows that when rats or healthy people drink a solution of baking soda, the stomach makes more acid, which causes mesothelial cells on the outside of the spleen to tell the spleen to go easy on the immune response.  "It's most likely a hamburger not a bacterial infection," is basically the message, says Dr. Paul O'Connor, renal physiologist in the MCG Department of Physiology at Augusta University and the study's corresponding author.
    That message, which is transmitted with help from a chemical messenger called acetylcholine, seems to encourage the gut to shift against inflammation, say the scientists.
    In patients who drank water with baking soda for two weeks, immune cells called macrophages, shifted from primarily those that promote inflammation, called M1, to those that reduce it, called M2. "The shift from inflammatory to an anti-inflammatory profile is happening everywhere," O'Connor says. "We saw it in the kidneys, we saw it in the spleen, now we see it in the peripheral blood."
    O'Connor hopes drinking baking soda can one day produce similar results for people with autoimmune disease. "You are not really turning anything off or on, you are just pushing it toward one side by giving an anti-inflammatory stimulus," he says, in this case, away from harmful inflammation. "It's potentially a really safe way to treat inflammatory disease."
    The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
    Read more at: Sciencedaily.com

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/18/2018 - Celiac disease has been mainly associated with Caucasian populations in Northern Europe, and their descendants in other countries, but new scientific evidence is beginning to challenge that view. Still, the exact global prevalence of celiac disease remains unknown.  To get better data on that issue, a team of researchers recently conducted a comprehensive review and meta-analysis to get a reasonably accurate estimate the global prevalence of celiac disease. 
    The research team included P Singh, A Arora, TA Strand, DA Leffler, C Catassi, PH Green, CP Kelly, V Ahuja, and GK Makharia. They are variously affiliated with the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts; Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India; Innlandet Hospital Trust, Lillehammer, Norway; Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway; Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts; Gastroenterology Research and Development, Takeda Pharmaceuticals Inc, Cambridge, MA; Department of Pediatrics, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy; Department of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York; USA Celiac Disease Center, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York; and the Department of Gastroenterology and Human Nutrition, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.
    For their review, the team searched Medline, PubMed, and EMBASE for the keywords ‘celiac disease,’ ‘celiac,’ ‘tissue transglutaminase antibody,’ ‘anti-endomysium antibody,’ ‘endomysial antibody,’ and ‘prevalence’ for studies published from January 1991 through March 2016. 
    The team cross-referenced each article with the words ‘Asia,’ ‘Europe,’ ‘Africa,’ ‘South America,’ ‘North America,’ and ‘Australia.’ They defined celiac diagnosis based on European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition guidelines. The team used 96 articles of 3,843 articles in their final analysis.
    Overall global prevalence of celiac disease was 1.4% in 275,818 individuals, based on positive blood tests for anti-tissue transglutaminase and/or anti-endomysial antibodies. The pooled global prevalence of biopsy-confirmed celiac disease was 0.7% in 138,792 individuals. That means that numerous people with celiac disease potentially remain undiagnosed.
    Rates of celiac disease were 0.4% in South America, 0.5% in Africa and North America, 0.6% in Asia, and 0.8% in Europe and Oceania; the prevalence was 0.6% in female vs 0.4% males. Celiac disease was significantly more common in children than adults.
    This systematic review and meta-analysis showed celiac disease to be reported worldwide. Blood test data shows celiac disease rate of 1.4%, while biopsy data shows 0.7%. The prevalence of celiac disease varies with sex, age, and location. 
    This review demonstrates a need for more comprehensive population-based studies of celiac disease in numerous countries.  The 1.4% rate indicates that there are 91.2 million people worldwide with celiac disease, and 3.9 million are in the U.S.A.
    Source:
    Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018 Jun;16(6):823-836.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2017.06.037.

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/16/2018 - Summer is the time for chips and salsa. This fresh salsa recipe relies on cabbage, yes, cabbage, as a secret ingredient. The cabbage brings a delicious flavor and helps the salsa hold together nicely for scooping with your favorite chips. The result is a fresh, tasty salsa that goes great with guacamole.
    Ingredients:
    3 cups ripe fresh tomatoes, diced 1 cup shredded green cabbage ½ cup diced yellow onion ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 jalapeno, seeded 1 Serrano pepper, seeded 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 2 garlic cloves, minced salt to taste black pepper, to taste Directions:
    Purée all ingredients together in a blender.
    Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. 
    Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, as desired. 
    Serve is a bowl with tortilla chips and guacamole.