Oct/Nov 2010

Features

Soy Controversy

Soy can be found in baked goods, cereal, crackers, canned soups, vegetable broth, salad dressings, imitation bacon bits, energy bars, reduced-fat peanut butter, pasta, Worcestershire sauce, deli and luncheon meats and vegetarian meat alternatives. Itís also in some vitamin E supplements, prescription drugs and cosmetics. And donít forget soy infant formula, soy milk, soy lattes, soy nut butter and soy veggie burgers. Americans love the soybean. Nearly one quarter of us report that we drink soy milk regularly.   More...

Easy and Delicious! Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving gives us time to reflect upon our blessings and share a memorable meal with family and friends. Unique among holidays, this all-American day of gratitude doesn't revolve around presents, egg hunts, fireworks, costumes or romance. It revolves around food. That’s why it can stir up anxiety for those with special dietary needs. What foods will be served? Which dishes are safe? What can you eat? What can you bring? What can you make gluten-free?   More...

A BOO!-tiful Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Blast

For the parents of food-allergic children, Halloween can be downright scary - and not because of witches, ghosts and goblins. Treats offered by well-meaning neighbors to cute-costumed kids can strike fear in the hearts of moms and dads. That's because most popular candies contain peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat or other allergens that can make their children sick - and can even be life-threatening.   More...

Celiac: Diagnosis Delay

Subscribers Only — When Jennifer Hudner was diagnosed with celiac disease, it was long overdue–more than 30 years overdue. While delayed diagnosis is not uncommon with celiac disease (the average time for diagnosis is 11 years from symptom onset), a 30-plus year delay is staggering. Hudner, a clinical social worker with elementary-aged children in West Hartford, Connecticut, suffered from gastrointestinal problems since high school. Over the years she sought help from countless doctors and was diagnosed with numerous conditions, including functional colitis and a nervous stomach.   More...

How to Avoid Soy

The U.S. Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) requires that packaged foods that contain soy must list it on the label. Soy oil is exempt from U.S. labeling laws. Studies show that most people with soy allergy can safely eat products containing soy oil and soy lecithin. (Check with your healthcare provider to be certain this is true in your case.)   More...