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NGF Digest 004: Which Sauces are Gluten-Free, French Onion Soup, Science News and Book Review
February 06, 2022
Issue 004 – February 2022
Gluten-Free SaucesLast month we cleaned out our pantries together. How did that go?
Did you find yourself having to replace some bottled sauces and needing guidance on what is and isn’t glute-free? Is ketchup gluten-free? Is mustard gluten-free? What about brown sauce, barbecue sauce, hot sauce? If this is you, then you may like the refreshed gluten-free sauces page on the website. This article focuses on store-bought sauces. If you want to know about making your own gluten-free sauces, stay tuned. That will be next month’s feature.
Gluten-Free French Onion Soup
Do you miss ordering French onion soup in restaurants? Do you think of it as something fancy that you couldn’t possibly make yourself? Well, it is fancy, and you can totally make it yourself. Click the link below and you’ll soon be slurping up savory, cheesy tummy warming soup and feeling like you’re missing out on nothing! There’s even a vegan version.
News From the Scientific CommunityCeliac Disease Home Testing
When I was reading this month’s book, Celiac Disease, A Hidden Epidemic by Dr. Peter Green of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, I came across some interesting news for the future of celiac diagnosis.
In his book, Dr. Green tells us about some exciting innovations in celiac diagnostics. When I read this, I wanted to know more and started digging into it.
As most of us know, celiac disease is severely under-diagnosed. It takes an average of nine years for someone experiencing symptoms to get a diagnosis and that diagnosis often doesn’t come until the fourth to sixth decade of life,1. I’ve heard so many stories of people who are fairly certain themselves that they have a gluten issue but can’t even get their doctor to order the tests. What if there were an easier way? What if a person who suspects they may have celiac could take a home test then take the result to their doctor as evidence that they need to be properly assessed for celiac disease.
Keep in mind, the only way to diagnose celiac disease is through a combination of blood screening for tissue transglutaminase (tTG) IgA and serum IgA along with a positive small intestine biopsy so you do need to get your doctor to order these tests. Also, you must be consuming gluten to get an accurate result.
What I’m Pondering
Fermented food: I mentioned last month that I’ve taken an interest in fermented food since re-reading Cooked by Michael Pollan. Well, I’ve ordered my E-Jen container and when it arrives, I’ll get my first batch of sauerkraut going. I’ll keep you posted.
What I’m readingLast month I promised you my full review of Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan. It’s up on the site now so check it out. Spoiler alert: I’m a Pollan Fan so you know it’s going to be a good review.
This month’s book is Celiac Disease, A Hidden Epidemic by Dr. Peter Green of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. I first came across Dr. Green when he was referenced in Elizabeth Hasselbeck’s book The G-Free Diet. I felt I should check him out for myself. click the link above for my full review.
A New E-Book from Naturally Gluten-FreeAs I mentioned a few paragraphs ago, some of you have been asking for advice for the newly diagnosed. A “Beginner’s Guide” so to speak. Well, I started working on it and soon realized that it is much more than just a web page. I’ve decided to create a hyperlinked e-book for you which will likely come out mid-2022. I’ll keep you posted here in the newsletter and on Facebook.
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1. Green, P. H. R., & Jones, R. (2020). Celiac disease: A hidden epidemic. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
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