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    TWENTY-FIVE NOTABLE GLUTEN-FREE FRIENDLY COLLEGES FOR 2013


    Jefferson Adams

    Celiac.com 10/04/2013 - As part of a nationwide change on the part of colleges and universities to address food allergies and sensitivities, more and more campuses are offering gluten-free foods to their students. Here is a list of some of the most notable so far, in alphabetical order:


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    Photo: CC--Wikimedia CommonsBARD COLLEGE
    Bard College is currently renovating one of their main dining halls to include a new gluten-free section.

    BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
    At Baylor University, students can find a wide range of gluten-free menu options through the school’s dining services. Information on gluten-free meals, dining halls and menu items will meet their needs through the menus posted online each week.

    CARLETON COLLEGE
    At Carleton College, each dining hallo offers a dedicated gluten free station with the same options as non-gluten-free students and are offered one naturally gluten-free entrée at every meal, along with dessert.

    Annual staff training on proper handling of gluten-free food at the dedicated gluten free station in each dining hall.

    CLARK UNIVERSITY
    Clark University, every meal served in the campus dining hall is made from scratch and most recipes are modified to be gluten free. In fact, Clark only serves meals that have a gluten-free equivalent.

    The dining hall also offers is also a separate “My Zone” area for students to access gluten free pasta and pizza, as well as cooking utensils and small appliances.

    To keep sharp on safe allergy food handling, food staff at Clark University train every morning as new meals go on the menu.

    COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
    The dietitian at Columbia goes the extra mile for gluten free students: orientating them around nearby markets, introducing the chef, and even teaching them how to read nutrition labels!

    Columbia's chef prepares two 100% gluten free meals every day, and takes special requests.

    EMORY UNIVERSITY
    A gluten-free station in the main dining hall includes hot meals, gluten free staples, and desserts. Everything on the salad bar and all salad dressing are gluten free.

    Emory kitchen staff is trained through the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness’s GREAT Kitchens Program.

    GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
    Students have access to a gluten free designated station where they can find similar gluten free staples. Everything is labeled with a unique gluten free logo to ensure safety and to avoid cross contamination.

    Dining hall staff is trained repeatedly throughout each semester to understand dietary restrictions and how they can best accommodate each different food sensitivity.

    The registered dietitian on campus also works hand-in-hand with the Gluten-Free Foodies student organization to make sure students’ needs are being reached and ideas are being shared.

    IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Gluten free dining is available at all campus locations at Iowa State University in order to ensure that all students are receiving a proper diet.

    Dining staff is trained specifically to each dietary need and managers keep a close tab on all operations.

    Students have access to a designated area with its own refrigerator, freezer, dry storage, cooking utensils and small appliances. Besides the full service area, students are also able to request individually made meals or sign up for a gluten-free meal schedule.

    ITHACA COLLEGE
    Gluten free meals are available within all dining halls on campus at Ithaca College, as well as at all campus-wide events.

    The main dining hall in the student center offers daily gluten-free menus for both lunch and dinner. Students can pre-order gluten-free meals at the campus' other two dining halls through the dining hall management.

    The campus also offers a Gluten-Free Pantry, which provides gluten-free breads, pastas, and equipment like microwaves and toasters.

    Special labeling on all products ensures safety and security of gluten-free food.

    There is also a Food Allergy Awareness Club on campus to support all students with dietary restrictions.

    OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
    Oregon State offers students a list of all of the gluten-free options served in each on-campus dining hall or cafe. At some locations, these options may be limited, but at larger dining halls, gluten-intolerant students will find a wide range of safe, healthy and tasty gluten-free food.

    A registered dietician is on hand to make sure that dietary considerations are met.

    SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
    Southern Methodist recently created a dining hall called Healthy on the Hilltop which serves vegan and gluten-free food.

    SMU offers students a registered dietician who can help to design a healthy eating program and provide gluten-free options and equipment to students.

    SUNY POTSDAM
    Gluten-free students at SUNY Potsdam have plenty of options to choose from. The school’s deli offers a variety of gluten-free breads, and the schools dining halls offer separate stations in the dining halls for gluten-free eaters.

    TEXAS A&M, CORPUS CHRISTI
    Students at Texas A&M in Corpus Christi will find dining halls with products like rice cereal, gluten-free pizza, soups, snacks, and desserts, and many veggies.

    They can also get help from the school’s registered dietician in finding healthy and safe meal options.

    TUFTS UNIVERSITY
    Tuft issues lists all gluten-free foods served at dining halls across campus.

    Students can work with Tuft's dietician, but can also find information on all menu items through “food fact cards.”

    Tufts also issues educational pamphlets that describe gluten-free dining options and preparation methods.

    UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
    To ensure safety of gluten-free meal, each gluten-free order is prepared and served by a dedicated service member with special colored gloves.

    Also, the UA features a very active Gluten Free Club..

    UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
    UCONN offers a wide variety of gluten-free foods, including bread, pasta, and desserts (which are baked off-site to prevent cross contamination).

    UCONN offers at least one gluten free meal option on the menu each day. UCONN students always have access to a gluten free designated area with several additional options, including dedicated, gluten-free-only toasters in all facilities, and with a dietitian who checks up on students with special diets several times a year.

    UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO: BOULDER
    At University of Colorado at Boulder, all school menus list the presence of any of the top eight food allergens (fish, eggs, dairy, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, wheat AND gluten) for all items.


    They have also cracked down on creating stricter cooking environments to ensure that a food marked as gluten free is truly 100% gluten free- an easy detail that many universities let slip by!

    UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
    University of New Hampshire students can access gluten-free products in each of the three dining halls on campus,

    Students can find a gluten-free zone with restricted microwaves, toasters, and refrigerators, as well as a selection of prepackaged gluten-free items like cereal, bread, granola bars, waffles, desserts, and condiments.

    Students can also choose to pre-order meals or cook their own stir fry or omelets in separate gluten-restricted stations.

    UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
    Gluten-free eaters at Notre Dame have their own private dining area located within the main dining center. Once students meet with the school’s registered dietitian, they have access to gluten free items at all dining locations, convenience stores, and on-campus restaurants.

    Notre Dame has listed all the menu items they serve on campus that are free of gluten. Students can search by dining hall for entrées, sides, and snacks that are gluten-free.

    All ND dining staff are trained and understand the severity of food allergies, and everything is carefully labeled on recipes, ingredient containers, menus, and online databases.

    UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
    Students with gluten intolerance can take advantage of gluten-free options both in residential dining halls and in campus stores.

    A professional campus nutrition coordinator can help students eat healthy meals and avoid potentially harmful gluten.

    For students who still can’t find what they need, the school offers the option of making special gluten-free meal orders ahead of time.

    UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
    In addition to a thriving student club on campus advocating for gluten-free options, UW Madison provides daily gluten-free options, including Thai noodles with tofu, tostadas, and enchiladas.

    Weekly online menus list gluten-free options.

    YALE UNIVERSITY
    Yale's website says that Yale can specially order gluten free breads, cereals, pastas, and more. They will also take extra measures to follow gluten free preparation requirements for any student who asks.

    People with celiac disease and gluten-intolerance will be glad to know that these colleges are not alone. They are part of a nationwide effort on the part of colleges and universities to address food allergies. As such, more changes are coming soon to campuses near you, so stay tuned. Meantime, let us know what you think of this trend by colleges to provide gluten-free food for students.

    Resources: Bestcollegesonline, thecampusceliac, and udisglutenfree.

    For more information, read the College Gluten Survey


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    Thank you for this well-timed article (when college visits are going on). I would also advocate for Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. They were very accommodating to my son for not only gluten but his food sensitivities. The BU Director of Food Service would even purchase specialized food products from the nearby Whole Foods, i.e., brown rice tortillas. Hats off to all of these colleges!

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    My daughter is both gluten and casein free, and Wheaton College in Illinois has been not only accommodating, but wonderful. They ranked #1 in best meals (either Princeton Review or USA Today, can't remember) the year she applied, and rank #4 this year. I'm so surprised to not see them on this list!

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    Guest Lisa Eberhart

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    North Carolina State University does a great job with all allergies. We have I-pads that sort every menu item by allergen at all dining halls and many of our retail operations, we have QR codes at the point of sale that show calories and allergens. We also have all of our standard menu items marked for allergens. Most of our deli meats and our salad ressings are gluten free. We have a gluten free soup every day and make sure we have gluten free options on the menu. We have a "worry free" station where we have a dedicated toaster gluten free breads, bagels and muffins daily. We also have gluten free burgers, hot dogs and fries at all dining halls

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    Not all colleges are listed. Oswego was beyond helpful to me in getting something to eat. I couldn't find any place safe to eat in Oswego, NY 2 years ago. Oswego State College had gluten free food available & the kitchen had me speak with their nutritionist to see what I would like to eat. The nutritionist took care of my request personally. The kitchen was closing, I was a parent visiting open house that day, and they were more than accommodating in keeping their kitchen open for me so I could get a nutritious meal. I feel very grateful to them for going above and beyond for me.

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    Guest Judy Clough

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    Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY has many gluten free options and a very pleasant kitchen staff who are happy to help diners with special diets.

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    Loyola Marymount University LMU Hospitality has earned GREAT School certification through the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness for implementing a comprehensive gluten-free program. In addition, the entire dining team at LMU has completed gluten-free training through the NFCA's GREAT Schools program.

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    You SERIOUSLY need to fix this list. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi does NOT, I repeat, does NOT have ANY gluten-free options on campus WHATSOEVER. At certain events you can request a gluten-free option, but as for dining on campus there is absolutely nothing. They're introducing a new dining hall this fall and they "might" have gluten-free options, but I seriously doubt it. Please fix this. It's very misleading.

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    This list lost all credibility when I saw Clark. We just took a tour. While options are labeled gluten-free, there were no measures to prevent cross contamination. "My zone" is an unattended cart in the middle of a cafeteria. Very unsafe. I found it scary.

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    Loyola Marymount University LMU Hospitality has earned GREAT School certification through the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness for implementing a comprehensive gluten-free program. In addition, the entire dining team at LMU has completed gluten-free training through the NFCA's GREAT Schools program.

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    Butler University is wonderful towards students with allergies of any kind, not just celiac. They have a separate section of the dining hall for gluten-free students. If you have other allergies besides gluten, like I do, you will get the opportunity to talk with the chef(s) about what meals can be made specifically for you. And, it's all done at no extra charge.

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    You need to take Texas A&M Corpus Christi off of this list. Nothing in that blurb is true. I'm been Celiac for 17 years, and a leader of a support group for over 6. I've been at TAMUCC for the past three years. The website where you got the information from is also wrong - I tried to get them to take it down and they don't. PLEASE take this misinformation down.

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    You need to take Emory University off of this list. The salad bar is NOT Gluten Free. For breakfast you can choose from an unappealing muffin or a waffle that falls apart in the toaster. There is no protein (yogurt, eggs, etc.) or fruit available that is free of cross-contamination. For lunch and dinner you're offered a piece of plain meat, dried out crusty rice, and squash (rarely a different vegetable) for almost every meal. While the menu will call this meal something new and different, it is same plain and unappealing meal over and over. While the rest of the students are eating a wide variety of different vegetables and entrees.

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    However, many of these animals are not service animals at all. Many of these animals perform no actual service to their owners, and are nothing more than thinly disguised pets. Many lack proper training, and some have caused serious problems for the airlines and for other passengers.
    Now the major airlines are taking note and introducing stringent requirements for service animals.
    Delta was the first to strike. As reported by the New York Times on January 19: “Effective March 1, Delta, the second largest US airline by passenger traffic, said it will require passengers seeking to fly with pets to present additional documents outlining the passenger’s need for the animal and proof of its training and vaccinations, 48 hours prior to the flight.… This comes in response to what the carrier said was a 150 percent increase in service and support animals — pets, often dogs, that accompany people with disabilities — carried onboard since 2015.… Delta said that it flies some 700 service animals a day. Among them, customers have attempted to fly with comfort turkeys, gliding possums, snakes, spiders, and other unusual pets.”
    Fresh from an unsavory incident with an “emotional support” peacock incident, United Airlines has followed Delta’s lead and set stricter rules for emotional support animals. United’s rules also took effect March 1, 2018.
    So, to the relief of many bewildered passengers and crew, no more comfort turkeys, geese, possums or other questionable pets will be flying on Delta or United without meeting the airlines' strict new requirements for service and emotional support animals.
    Source:
    cnbc.com

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    WHAT IS CELIAC DISEASE?
    Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that affects around 1% of the population. People with celiac disease suffer an autoimmune reaction when they consume wheat, rye or barley. The immune reaction is triggered by certain proteins in the wheat, rye, or barley, and, left untreated, causes damage to the small, finger-like structures, called villi, that line the gut. The damage occurs as shortening and villous flattening in the lamina propria and crypt regions of the intestines. The damage to these villi then leads to numerous other issues that commonly plague people with untreated celiac disease, including poor nutritional uptake, fatigue, and myriad other problems.
    Celiac disease mostly affects people of Northern European descent, but recent studies show that it also affects large numbers of people in Italy, China, Iran, India, and numerous other places thought to have few or no cases.
    Celiac disease is most often uncovered because people experience symptoms that lead them to get tests for antibodies to gluten. If these tests are positive, then the people usually get biopsy confirmation of their celiac disease. Once they adopt a gluten-free diet, they usually see gut healing, and major improvements in their symptoms. 
    CLASSIC CELIAC DISEASE SYMPTOMS
    Symptoms of celiac disease can range from the classic features, such as diarrhea, upset stomach, bloating, gas, weight loss, and malnutrition, among others.
    LESS OBVIOUS SYMPTOMS
    Celiac disease can often less obvious symptoms, such fatigue, vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, anemia, to name a few. Often, these symptoms are regarded as less obvious because they are not gastrointestinal in nature. You got that right, it is not uncommon for people with celiac disease to have few or no gastrointestinal symptoms. That makes spotting and connecting these seemingly unrelated and unclear celiac symptoms so important.
    NO SYMPTOMS
    Currently, most people diagnosed with celiac disease do not show symptoms, but are diagnosed on the basis of referral for elevated risk factors. 

    CELIAC DISEASE VS. GLUTEN INTOLERANCE
    Gluten intolerance is a generic term for people who have some sort of sensitivity to gluten. These people may or may not have celiac disease. Researchers generally agree that there is a condition called non-celiac gluten sensitivity. That term has largely replaced the term gluten-intolerance. What’s the difference between celiac disease and non-celiac gluten-sensitivity? 
    CELIAC DISEASE VS. NON-CELIAC GLUTEN SENSITIVITY (NCGS)
    Gluten triggers symptoms and immune reactions in people with celiac disease. Gluten can also trigger symptoms in some people with NCGS, but the similarities largely end there.

    There are four main differences between celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity:
    No Hereditary Link in NCGS
    Researchers know for certain that genetic heredity plays a major role in celiac disease. If a first-degree relative has celiac disease, then you have a statistically higher risk of carrying genetic markers DQ2 and/or DQ8, and of developing celiac disease yourself. NCGS is not known to be hereditary. Some research has shown certain genetic associations, such as some NCGS patients, but there is no proof that NCGS is hereditary. No Connection with Celiac-related Disorders
    Unlike celiac disease, NCGS is so far not associated with malabsorption, nutritional deficiencies, or a higher risk of autoimmune disorders or intestinal malignancies. No Immunological or Serological Markers
    People with celiac disease nearly always test positive for antibodies to gluten proteins. Researchers have, as yet, identified no such antobodies or serologic markers for NCGS. That means that, unlike with celiac disease, there are no telltale screening tests that can point to NCGS. Absence of Celiac Disease or Wheat Allergy
    Doctors diagnose NCGS only by excluding both celiac disease, an IgE-mediated allergy to wheat, and by the noting ongoing adverse symptoms associated with gluten consumption. WHAT ABOUT IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS) AND IRRITABLE BOWEL DISEASE (IBD)?
    IBS and IBD are usually diagnosed in part by ruling out celiac disease. Many patients with irritable bowel syndrome are sensitive to gluten. Many experience celiac disease-like symptoms in reaction to wheat. However, patients with IBS generally show no gut damage, and do not test positive for antibodies to gliadin and other proteins as do people with celiac disease. Some IBS patients also suffer from NCGS.

    To add more confusion, many cases of IBS are, in fact, celiac disease in disguise.

    That said, people with IBS generally react to more than just wheat. People with NCGS generally react to wheat and not to other things, but that’s not always the case. Doctors generally try to rule out celiac disease before making a diagnosis of IBS or NCGS. 
    Crohn’s Disease and celiac disease share many common symptoms, though causes are different.  In Crohn’s disease, the immune system can cause disruption anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract, and a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease typically requires more diagnostic testing than does a celiac diagnosis.  
    Crohn’s treatment consists of changes to diet and possible surgery.  Up to 10% of Crohn's patients can have both of conditions, which suggests a genetic connection, and researchers continue to examine that connection.
    Is There a Connection Between Celiac Disease, Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Large Number of Irritable Bowel Syndrome Patients Sensitive To Gluten Some IBD Patients also Suffer from Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Many Cases of IBS and Fibromyalgia Actually Celiac Disease in Disguise CELIAC DISEASE DIAGNOSIS
    Diagnosis of celiac disease can be difficult. 

    Perhaps because celiac disease presents clinically in such a variety of ways, proper diagnosis often takes years. A positive serological test for antibodies against tissue transglutaminase is considered a very strong diagnostic indicator, and a duodenal biopsy revealing villous atrophy is still considered by many to be the diagnostic gold standard. 
    But this idea is being questioned; some think the biopsy is unnecessary in the face of clear serological tests and obvious symptoms. Also, researchers are developing accurate and reliable ways to test for celiac disease even when patients are already avoiding wheat. In the past, patients needed to be consuming wheat to get an accurate test result. 
    Celiac disease can have numerous vague, or confusing symptoms that can make diagnosis difficult.  Celiac disease is commonly misdiagnosed by doctors. Read a Personal Story About Celiac Disease Diagnosis from the Founder of Celiac.com Currently, testing and biopsy still form the cornerstone of celiac diagnosis.
    TESTING
    There are several serologic (blood) tests available that screen for celiac disease antibodies, but the most commonly used is called a tTG-IgA test. If blood test results suggest celiac disease, your physician will recommend a biopsy of your small intestine to confirm the diagnosis.
    Testing is fairly simple and involves screening the patients blood for antigliadin (AGA) and endomysium antibodies (EmA), and/or doing a biopsy on the areas of the intestines mentioned above, which is still the standard for a formal diagnosis. Also, it is now possible to test people for celiac disease without making them concume wheat products.

    BIOPSY
    Until recently, biopsy confirmation of a positive gluten antibody test was the gold standard for celiac diagnosis. It still is, but things are changing fairly quickly. Children can now be accurately diagnosed for celiac disease without biopsy. Diagnosis based on level of TGA-IgA 10-fold or more the ULN, a positive result from the EMA tests in a second blood sample, and the presence of at least 1 symptom could avoid risks and costs of endoscopy for more than half the children with celiac disease worldwide.

    WHY A GLUTEN-FREE DIET?
    Currently the only effective, medically approved treatment for celiac disease is a strict gluten-free diet. Following a gluten-free diet relieves symptoms, promotes gut healing, and prevents nearly all celiac-related complications. 
    A gluten-free diet means avoiding all products that contain wheat, rye and barley, or any of their derivatives. This is a difficult task as there are many hidden sources of gluten found in the ingredients of many processed foods. Still, with effort, most people with celiac disease manage to make the transition. The vast majority of celiac disease patients who follow a gluten-free diet see symptom relief and experience gut healing within two years.
    For these reasons, a gluten-free diet remains the only effective, medically proven treatment for celiac disease.
    WHAT ABOUT ENZYMES, VACCINES, ETC.?
    There is currently no enzyme or vaccine that can replace a gluten-free diet for people with celiac disease.
    There are enzyme supplements currently available, such as AN-PEP, Latiglutetenase, GluteGuard, and KumaMax, which may help to mitigate accidental gluten ingestion by celiacs. KumaMax, has been shown to survive the stomach, and to break down gluten in the small intestine. Latiglutenase, formerly known as ALV003, is an enzyme therapy designed to be taken with meals. GluteGuard has been shown to significantly protect celiac patients from the serious symptoms they would normally experience after gluten ingestion. There are other enzymes, including those based on papaya enzymes.

    Additionally, there are many celiac disease drugs, enzymes, and therapies in various stages of development by pharmaceutical companies, including at least one vaccine that has received financial backing. At some point in the not too distant future there will likely be new treatments available for those who seek an alternative to a lifelong gluten-free diet. 

    For now though, there are no products on the market that can take the place of a gluten-free diet. Any enzyme or other treatment for celiac disease is intended to be used in conjunction with a gluten-free diet, not as a replacement.

    ASSOCIATED DISEASES
    The most common disorders associated with celiac disease are thyroid disease and Type 1 Diabetes, however, celiac disease is associated with many other conditions, including but not limited to the following autoimmune conditions:
    Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: 2.4-16.4% Multiple Sclerosis (MS): 11% Hashimoto’s thyroiditis: 4-6% Autoimmune hepatitis: 6-15% Addison disease: 6% Arthritis: 1.5-7.5% Sjögren’s syndrome: 2-15% Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy: 5.7% IgA Nephropathy (Berger’s Disease): 3.6% Other celiac co-morditities include:
    Crohn’s Disease; Inflammatory Bowel Disease Chronic Pancreatitis Down Syndrome Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Lupus Multiple Sclerosis Primary Biliary Cirrhosis Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis Psoriasis Rheumatoid Arthritis Scleroderma Turner Syndrome Ulcerative Colitis; Inflammatory Bowel Disease Williams Syndrome Cancers:
    Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (intestinal and extra-intestinal, T- and B-cell types) Small intestinal adenocarcinoma Esophageal carcinoma Papillary thyroid cancer Melanoma CELIAC DISEASE REFERENCES:
    Celiac Disease Center, Columbia University
    Gluten Intolerance Group
    National Institutes of Health
    U.S. National Library of Medicine
    Mayo Clinic
    University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 04/17/2018 - Could the holy grail of gluten-free food lie in special strains of wheat that lack “bad glutens” that trigger the celiac disease, but include the “good glutens” that make bread and other products chewy, spongey and delicious? Such products would include all of the good things about wheat, but none of the bad things that might trigger celiac disease.
    A team of researchers in Spain is creating strains of wheat that lack the “bad glutens” that trigger the autoimmune disorder celiac disease. The team, based at the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture in Cordoba, Spain, is making use of the new and highly effective CRISPR gene editing to eliminate the majority of the gliadins in wheat.
    Gliadins are the gluten proteins that trigger the majority of symptoms for people with celiac disease.
    As part of their efforts, the team has conducted a small study on 20 people with “gluten sensitivity.” That study showed that test subjects can tolerate bread made with this special wheat, says team member Francisco Barro. However, the team has yet to publish the results.
    Clearly, more comprehensive testing would be needed to determine if such a product is safely tolerated by people with celiac disease. Still, with these efforts, along with efforts to develop vaccines, enzymes, and other treatments making steady progress, we are living in exciting times for people with celiac disease.
    It is entirely conceivable that in the not-so-distant future we will see safe, viable treatments for celiac disease that do not require a strict gluten-free diet.
    Read more at Digitaltrends.com , and at Newscientist.com