09 Nov 2012

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Sheryl Goldstein
Sheryl is the founder of The No Gluten Solution: Feeding Family and Friends, which is the culmination of her talents, skills, and her personal desire to develop an effortless style of cooking good food, making her guests comfortable, and always having an excuse for a dinner party.


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“There are many of us who cannot but feel dismal about the future of various cultures. Often it is hard not to agree that we are becoming culinary nitwits, dependent upon fast foods and mass kitchens and megavitamins for our basically rotten nourishment.” M.F.K. Fisher

Katie Couric interviewed with Dr. Peter Green, Director of The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.  The premise of the interview was to find out why our supermarket shelves are now being filled with gluten-free products. Is it to fill the needs of Celiac patients and people with gluten sensitivities or are people turning to a gluten-free diet as a weight loss method?

Dr. Green shared valuable information concerning Celiac Disease, including possible symptoms and method of diagnosis.  He went on to explain that a gluten-free diet is the only treatment for Celiac.  In the transcript of the interview, it was highlighted that it was “bad news that there was no drug therapy of the disease.”

I take offence with the comment that no drug for the treatment of Celiac is bad news.  Since I was diagnosed, I feel blessed everyday that I can be symptom free by complying with a gluten-free diet and that I do not have to pollute my body with any drugs.  It allows me the power over my health.

As for the discussion on whether a gluten-free diet should be used as a way to lose weight, well, it is not for me to decide for someone if it is a wise choice.  What I can say is that eating gluten-free foods is not a panacea for weight loss.  There are lots of gluten-free foods that are fattening. There is no secret to losing weight either gluten-free or not: we need to eat fewer calories, eat smart calories and exercise.

Eating gluten-free does not guarantee a healthy diet.  I need to be careful not only to avoid gluten, but also to make sure I am getting enough fiber and vitamins daily.  To insure that I get all the vitamins and minerals, I need to eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and protein.  The processed gluten-free foods will not provide me with the nourishment I need.

Now, I want to make it clear that I am happy about the increased number of gluten-free products available to me in the supermarket.  It does make it easier for me to have some of the foods I miss without having to prepare them from scratch.  I do like an occasional cookie and pretzel, not to mention there are healthy choices that are available.  But like any healthy diet, the supermarket shelf should only be an adjunct to our daily diet.



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