Gluten allergy symptoms can range widely from person to person, and be confused with many other causes. This article will help you understand gluten allergy.

The problem with gluten allergy, and even celiac disease, is that there is no specific set of symptoms that allow you to confirm or eliminate a gluten allergy diagnosis. What we can do is take a look as some of the common symptoms, and see if it might be a gluten allergy. Then we can test for it, which I will also briefly explain in this article. [click to continue…]

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Are moldy foods safe to eat? This sounds like a ridiculous question but the answer is more interesting than you might think.

There are two things to consider here: do you have a mold allergy? Might the mold be toxic? Also important: what type of food and what type of mold?

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What happens when you stop eating gluten? It depends on your body and why you are stopping gluten intake in the first place.

Stop Eating Gluten and Celiac

The most important reason to stop eating gluten is if you have celiac disease. Presumably, you will experience one or more typical, or even non-typical celiac disease symptoms, in which case expect them to reduce and eventually stop, although this may not be true of some of the diseases caused by eating gluten by celiacs, such as cancer or diabetes. However, eliminating gluten from your diet will reduce the chances of developing these diseases. If you have celiac disease, the only current treatment is to eliminate all gluten from your diet. While reducing gluten intake may reduce symptoms to a tolerable level, you would still risk developing related serious diseases, some of which can be lethal. If you have celiac, eliminate all gluten from your diet, regardless of how well you feel.

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I had to feed by gluten allergy in Barry, Ontario the other day. India is usually a pretty good bet so I checked out the Spice Indian Cuisine & Wine Bar.

At first I wasn’t sure if the waitress really understood, but she got the manager, who was very conscientious about making sure my meal was gluten-free. [click to continue…]

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Ruby Watch Co is an interesting restaurant with great food, but the menu may not have many gluten free options. If you avoid gluten, you should still check it out, here’s why.

The restaurant has a different menu every night, a fixed menu with four courses. The main course often has a second more expensive option. Each course can optionally be served with specific wine pairings.

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Elco rice crackers have been a favorite brand of mine for years.  But I noticed an additional message that they are produced in a gluten-contaminated factory. (I’m paraphrasing).

With the rise of the gluten-free diet, and more awareness of those with celiac disease or a gluten allergy, manufacturers have been much more careful about labeling.  Why do they have to make rice crackers in the same factory as some gluten-containing food? It wrecks a perfectly good gluten-free friendly food!

I rechecked the label a while ago and noticed that it is now officially gluten free!

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If you react to gluten you probably want to know how long for gluten to leave the body.  That depends, as I will explain.

The time it takes for gluten to leave the body, and the time it takes for you to stop feeling the effects of gluten are two different things.  It depends on the symptoms and what is causing them, and also on you, everyone is unique and some people experience changes sooner, for others it takes longer to stop feeling the effects of gluten.

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I tried Udi’s gluten free maple pecan chocolate chip cookies recently and here is my review of the product.

On the plus side, they are not overly sweet.  Many of the gluten-free products I try have anywhere from too much sugar to way too much sugar.

On the other hand, I didn’t find them the tastiest product either.

Formulating gluten free baking with less sugar and fat can be more challenging than when working with wheat flour, although that doesn’t stop gluten-based baking from being too sweet.  However, I’ve had good gluten free products without too much sugar.

It could be that the product was a bit stale, so I’m not ready to write the product off completely, but I did find it rather tasteless.

Have you tried this brand of cookie?  What did you think of it?  Please leave a comment.

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People with asthma have food allergies more often than you might expect.  This may help you to manage asthma.

I both anecdotal evidence collected on this website which you will find encouraging, and statistical evidence for those who prefer a more scientific foundation to managing their asthma. [click to continue…]

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Allergy Skeptics

by Allergy Guy

As allergies become more common and accommodated for, there are also more allergy skeptics which can make life harder for some allergy sufferers.  But some of the skeptics do have a point.  Is every ailment and reaction to some food really an allergy?  Probably not.

There is no doubt that food allergies are on the rise (see chart 1), and this is only over 20 years. What concerns me is two opposing forces that end up feeding each other: everyone jumping on the bandwagon and allergy skeptics.

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