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Archive for January, 2011

Gluten-free Super Bowl Snacks

Monday, January 24th, 2011

I thought I would add another recipe to my “Safe and Sane Super Bowl Recipes for Allergy Sufferer” found in my recipe section.  It is “Baked Artichoke Dip with Toast points”.

The recipe includes:  1 (14 ounce can artichoke hearts), chopped; 1 cup grated Pecorino Romano ( a lactose free cheese); 2/3 cup mayonnaise (gluten-free); one clove garlic, minced; 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (many contain corn); and 1/4 teaspoon Louisiana hot sauce.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Pour mixture into greased 1 quart casserole.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until slightly brown. Serve with Toast Points.

Toast Points: Using gluten-free bread with crusts removed, cut into fourths diagonally.  Brush each side with olive oil.  Place in preheated 400 oven.  Bake 3 to 6 minutes  on each side, depending on the thickness of the bread.  Remove from oven.  Turn bread over and bake for another 4 minutes. Cool and store in plastic bag. (Note: a new bread Udi by name is a very good bread.  However it is thin, small, and will cook fast).  Enjoy!

Celiac Disease and It’s Connection to Autoimmune Diseases: Type I Diabetes

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Celiac disease and gluten intolerance both are conditions that render your body unable to absorb wheat and it’s proteins.  While Celiac disease is considered an autoimmune disease, gluten intolerance is considered an allergy; hence lots of confusion.  Whatever condition you have, both cause the body to absorb nutrients incorrectly leading the body to think the wheat is a toxin.  The body then reacts to these toxins expelling them from the body and attacking areas where the proteins came in contact.  People with gluten intolerance have a gene variant that predisposes them to this disease.   Type 1 Diabetes occurs when the body’s own immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.  Type 1 Diabetes  individuals also have a gene or genes variant that predisposes them to this disease.  What is new about these two diseases is their connection to each other.   Recent studies, one reported in the New England Journal of Medicine and 2 others in the October Journal of the American Medical Association, found that Celiac disease and Type 1 Diabetes share these gene variants.  Studies have also noted that those individuals suffering from Type 1 Diabetes may also have Celiac disease.