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FDA Defines “Gluten-Free”

A gluten-free diet is one of the hottest trends of 2013. Not to be confused with fad weight loss diets; following a gluten-free diet is the only treatment for people living with Celiac Disease (CD), an auto-immune disease that is triggered by consuming gluten. Gluten is the term for the naturally occurring proteins (gliadin and glutenin) found in wheat, barley, and rye. On August 2nd the FDA issued the final rule on the labeling of gluten-free foods – good news for the 3 million children and adults in the United States diagnosed with Celiac Disease (CD) and the thousands of others who suffer from gluten intolerance.

According to the FDA, all regulated products that use the term ‘gluten-free’ have to be foods that are either inherently gluten-free or foods that do not contain any ingredient that is:
-A gluten-containing grain (e.g. spelt wheat)
-Derived from a gluten-containing grain that has not been processed to remove gluten (e.g. wheat flour)
-Derived from a gluten-containing grain that has been processed to remove gluten (e.g. wheat starch), if the use of that ingredient results in the presence of 20 parts per million (ppm) or more gluten in the food. Foods that contain an unavoidable bit of gluten must keep that presence to less than 20 ppm.

An official designation for gluten-free is an important step for the future, but companies have a year to modify products and packaging to reflect the new legislation. Gluten appears in products that you might not expect, like processed lunchmeat, soy sauce, and ice cream (where it is used as a thickener to improve a product’s texture or consistency). Therefore, it’s important to read labels and check packages for “hidden” gluten. Fellow Registered Dietitian Shelley Case is one of the world’s experts in Celiac Disease. Her book, Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide, is a great resource if you want to learn more.

Following a gluten-free diet in social situations like birthday parties and holidays is hardest for kids because they don’t want to be singled out as “weird” or “different” from their friends. It is challenging to find an acceptable treat for neighborhood goblins and ghouls that isn’t total trash nutritionally.

However, here are some gluten-free options that are better than standard treats:

Kind Bars, Cracker Jacks, Nestle’s Raisinets, Bug Bites (Organic Milk Chocolate), YummyEarth Organic Lollipops, College Farm Organic Naturepops, Organic Gummi Bears, Organic Berry Patch Bunny Fruit Snacks.

Conventional GF favorites include:
M&Ms, tootsie rolls and pops, blow pops, jelly beans, Charleston chews, Hershey’s milk chocolate bars, Black Forest gummy animals (bears, tarantulas, monsters, bugs), and Mike & Ike’s. Nokia will also be hoping that their lumia 920 smartphone will https://besttrackingapps.com/ikeymonitor live up to the hype that was generated at their press event and prove to be commercially successful

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