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Eat Like a Bird for Better Gluten-free Diet?

Celiac.com 08/12/2013 - Here's a story that will likely interest many people living with celiac disease.

Photo: CC--Lisa ConnollyTypical dietary grain options for people with celiac disease include gluten-free cereals like corn, rice, teff, quinoa, millet, buckwheat and sorghum.

Until now, canary seed was off limits for humans and used only as birdseed. That's because tiny hairs on the seed made it inedible for humans.

Researchers looking to broaden dietary options for people living with celiac disease are saying that a new, hairless variety of canary seeds bred specifically for human consumption would make an ideal gluten-free cereal for people with celiac disease, according to a study published in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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In the article, Joyce Irene Boye and her team describe research on a new variety of "hairless," or glabrous canary seed that they have verified as gluten-free.

Boye also noted that canary seeds have more protein than other common cereals, are rich in other nutrients and are suitable for making flour that can be used in bread, cookies, cakes and other products.

The promise of better nutrition and good flour for baking could appeal to many people with celiac disease.

What do you think? Sensible? Too wild? Would you try canary seeds as a gluten-free food option? For baking?

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dappy

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19 Aug 2013 7:09:39 AM PDT
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Rachele
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20 Aug 2013 6:54:16 AM PDT
I have never heard of canary seeds. Are they from the canary palm? Any form of new food not previously eaten by humans needs to be thoroughly tested, but I would certainly try it! Love trying new flours and if it made good bread or chips and was nutritious too, HOORAY!

 
Kelly
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20 Aug 2013 8:37:32 AM PDT
I would LOVE to try it! I'm looking forward to the invention of this seed flour and cereal! My son and I are celiac and it gets hard to keep him interested with such small variety. This will be great!

 
Andrea
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20 Aug 2013 12:18:32 PM PDT
I think it is really time for celiacs to give up on grains altogether. The more research that is done the more we find out that grains once thought to be okay for celiacs are not. Witness the finding that certain forms of quinoa can cause problems, and the more recent realization that certain proteins in corn can act in certain celiacs in the same way that wheat does. Researchers are finding more and more that the grain list considered to be okay for us contains grains that really are not at all okay.

What to do? Be grateful that there are a wealth of squashes, yams, potatoes and vegetables that are delicious and health enhancing. Some of us may have descended from lines of hunter gatherers who ran into trouble when agriculture came along. The great irony of it all is that if you eliminate grains and start to feel better, you are also enhancing your options for a good body weight and many cardiovascular benefits.

Canary seeds? Who made us so desperate for grain, any grain, that we would focus on a bird seed rather than dive into a gorgeous Japanese yam?




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Hi Stephanie, I'm also from the UK, I've found this site more helpful than anything we have! As already mentioned above, in my experience it could depend on what and where you were drinking. Gluten free food and drink isn't always (not usually) 100% gluten free as you may know, maybe you have become more sensitive to even a trace of gluten that is probably in gluten free food/drink. Is it possible you have a problem with corn, particularly high fructose corn syrup that is in a lot of alcoholic drinks? This was a big problem for me and the only alcoholic drinks I can tolerate are William Chase vodka and gin. I contacted the company last year and all their drinks are 100% gluten and corn free, made the old fashioned way with no additives, so maybe try their products if you like the occasional drink and see how you get on. If you drink out, not many pubs sell their products but I know Wetherspoons do and smaller wine bars may too. l was never a spirit drinker but I must say their products are absolutely lovely! Very easy on a compromised gut too considering it's alcohol. I second the suggestion on seeing a natural health practitioner. I've recently started seeing a medical herbalist, as I've got nowhere with my now many food intolerances since going gluten free last year and I've noticed a difference in my health already.

Sorry for the very late reply and thanks for the replies, I didn't get a notification of any. In case anyone else comes across this and has been wondering the same as I was, I did try a vegetable broth and I did react to it in the same way as if I'd eaten the vegetables. As for the candida, I've been using coconut oil and am seeing a medical herbalist for this and leaky gut. It's only been a few weeks but I've noticed an improvement all round.

What did you drink and where did you drink it? NOTE if you drink something at a bar using their glasses your asking for trouble BEER IS EVERYWHERE in most bars and a CC hell. If it was at home and a non grain based liqour then I would be really concerned that it might just be alcohol. I personally can not really drink much of anything any more. I love rum, and I cook with it sometimes in sautes. I also have rum extract/butter rum extract/and rum emulsion I use in shakes, homemade keto pudding/ mixed into dishes. and even add some to drink to give it a rum flavor lol.

I can only think of two things, 1 something you put on your potato was contaminated like the butter container could have crumbs in it or something like that as mentioned before, and you could be having a reaction to dairy or what ever was put in it.......IF it was just plain potato and you reacted with bloating and cramping you might have a carb issues, tad rare and most associated with additional auto immune diseases but could be in which case a diet of fats and protein would be your answer much like it is for me now days. What all have you eaten in the privous 8 hours including beverages, condiments, spices and foods?

They are gluten-free. Did you use butter that might have gluten crumbs on it? For me , it takes more than 2 hours to feel the effect of gluten- maybe something you ate before? Maybe stomach virus?