Monthly Archives: July 2009

Celiac Disease and the Ultimate Gluten Free Experience

Wheat Field | Photo credit: dobrych on Wikipedia under a Creative Commons License

Wheat Field

Eat Drink Better has an interesting article about celiac disease. Regular readers of this blog, and subscribers to Food Facts, well know that celiac disease is one of the most common, undiagnosed genetic disorders, with an estimated 1 in 133 people, or 2 million people, afflicted with the disease in the United States alone. You might know that persons of Irish, English, and other Anglo backgrounds tend to be more susceptible to the disease than those of other ethnic backgrounds. Continue reading

The Food Allergy Mama: Dairy, Egg and Nut Free Blueberry Buckle

Dairy Egg and Nut-Free Blueberry Buckle

Dairy Egg and Nut-Free Blueberry Buckle

Kelly Rudnicki is popularly known as the Food Allergy Mama.  The always informative and fun-to-read Kelly is currently blogging about a delightfully different recipe she calls Dairy, Egg and Nut Free Blueberry Buckle. Now, this is something worth checking out. Continue reading

Many Americans misunderstand food allergies: survey

Food Allergies

Food Allergies

A current article in Nutraingredients highlights the common misunderstandings that occur with food allergies.

According to the article, many Americans are confusing allergy and intolerance, believing that there is a cure, or misunderstanding current treatments. Continue reading

Food Allergy Information: Milk Alternatives

Milk Alternatives

Milk Alternatives

A Food Facts Special Report. First in a series.

Perhaps you have suspected for some time that you or someone you know might be suffering from a food allergy. It might have shown up in the form of a major reaction. Sometimes, there is a familiar feeling of indigestion or intestinal “uneasiness” that occurs when eating certain types of foods. Well, that could certainly be an indication of food sensitivities, at the very least. Continue reading

Healthy Fish Recipe: Salmon and Asparagus in Foil Packets

Salmon and Asparagus

Salmon and Asparagus

Steamed to achieve optimum taste in about 15 minutes, this healthy and nutritious salmon and asparagus dish is a fast and easy dinner with very little clean up. Ideally served with whole grain rice or couscous and a touch of lemon juice. Be careful when opening the foil packs, since the steam will be very hot. Continue reading

Planning Meals For An Autistic Child

Autistic Meal Planning

Autistic Meal Planning

MSN Health & Fitness has an insightful article about preparing for mealtimes with a child who has autism. Columnist Dr. Rob received an inquiry from a parent of a 14-year old who has autism. He is a picky eater. The doctor’s concerns address the boy’s need for a proper balance and a healthy diet. Dr. Rob goes on to explain more about autism and the issues parents face concerning diet and nutrition with autistic children.

You can read more about it here.

Healthy Chicken Recipe: Warm Snow Pea & Chicken Salad

Warm Snow Pea and Chicken Salad

Warm Snow Pea and Chicken Salad

Eating Well has an interesting chicken-based recipe that is easy to prepare and tasty for the palate. They point out that snow peas aren’t just for stir-fries. Thinly sliced, their crunchy texture and sweet taste combined with a creamy Asian dressing, truly make this salad special.
It’s delightfully different, with a crunchy type of texture and a sweet taste. When combined with an Asian dressing, you have something really special. Continue reading

Significant differences in salt levels found in global food brands

World Action on Salt and Health
A news report from Food Navigator presented an interesting situation of concern to consumers: there is new research regarding salt levels in global products from some of the biggest food manufacturers. Disturbingly, it has revealed wide and random variations.

The news report indicates that, in a survey of 260 global food products from manufacturers such as Nestle, KFC and Kellogg’s, the World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) found that people in some countries are being fed over twice as much salt in popular global brands as their counterparts in other parts of the world.

Spokesperson Katharine Jenner told Food Navigator that more often than not there was no logic behind the differences.

Kellogg’s All Bran, for example, contains 2.15g of salt per 100g in Canada, but only 0.65g of salt per 100g just over the border in the US, less than a third of the Canadian level.

KFC in New Zealand throws up one of the most confusing differences. The KFC Twister product in New Zealand has the lowest salt content per portion in the global survey, whereas its Fillet Burger has the highest.

Jenner said KFC may well not be aware of this difference. She said these variations seem to have no good reasons behind them and are most likely to be the random consequence of local manufacturing choices.

Read more about it here.