Showing posts from March, 2020

People with Active Celiac Are More Susceptible to Covid-19 and Pneumonia

If you have Celiac, don't get glutened now, because it will make it easier for Coronavirus to harm you. That's the message from a new video posted by Dr. Alessio Fasano, Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Celiac Research and Treatment.  (Press the arrow/play button to watch.) If you don't know who he is, he's a bit of a superstar of the Celiac community.  He and fellow researchers, performed a study, over a decade ago, and worldwide, showing that the prevalence of Celiac is much higher than previously thought.  He found local variations in prevalence such as, that North Africa has a lot more of it than we do in the US. Many of his findings were fascinating, surprising, and ultimately led to the provision of safer food for people with Celiac Disease. Since then, he has continued to support the community and performed more studies. Viruses and Bacteria So let's talk a bit about viruses and bacteria.  A flu virus burns itself out i

Covid-19 Restrictions: Ordering Food for Pick up or Delivery

Photo by fauxels from Pexels Wow so in a few days so much has changed. I no longer feel like joking about the Zombie Apocalypse. That's not to say I have lost my sense of humor, it's just that, in a few days, I no longer think it's funny. And that's a big switch. It's important not to get too panicked, but it's also important to maintain your health as best you can right now. As such, many people are switching to ordering food delivery instead of going out to get it. And therefore I got in touch with two safe for Celiac restaurants that offer delivery of freshly cooked food to your door or to pick up locations near you. This prevents people from gathering in restaurants where they would be too close for social distancing to work. But first, Happy St. Patrick's Day!  🍀 Two Services that have Take Out suitable for Celiacs With Celiac, all meals that you didn't make yourself are a risk.  Even those you did make could have some hidde

Shopping during the Zombie Apocalypse or Coronavirus

Had a strange shopping experience today and thought I'd mention a few tips.  My husband and I have been amused from time to time at the "storm shoppers."  We tend not to do that and for decades we've been fine.  But there's a significant risk of the supply chain being somewhat interrupted as workers get sick and drivers get sick, and Celiac is a bit special, so this time we decided to stock up on a few staples.  Obviously, we weren't the only ones to have this thought. Thankfully everyone was polite and there was no hostility.  The staff were geared up for it and seemed to treat it like a holiday. Things that were often missing:  meats, vegetables and paper products. Things that were not like a usual shortage: not missing were water, juice, milk or bread.  *** I have updated this article with a "How to get a test" section, at the end.*** Tips: 1.  Staples like prepared soups, canned or boxed.  You'll be glad of this if you're feelin

Gluten Free Labeling Updates 2020

Currently active Certified Gluten Free labels as of March 2020 When you shop for gluten free products you're always taking a risk.  Two familiar labels have now changed, so it's time for an update.  Gluten Intolerance Group and National Celiac Association have both changed their labels.  While NSF and Beyond Celiac have kept theirs.  I can only speculate about why, but it's likely to be due to copycat labels that seek to fool shoppers with similar looking labels.  The sooner we memorize the new ones the better. Please join me in thanking the certification companies for making our lives easier and safer.   New and Old  NCA certified GF label New and Old GFCO / GIG certified GF label   As always, if a product, sold in the USA, is labeled anywhere with the words "gluten free" they must abide by the FDA's definition that it contains less than 20 ppm of gluten.  Certification is not required, but is greatly appreciated by the Celiac