COVID-19 and Gluten-Related Disorders

Facts and resources for COVID-19 and celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, allergies and food intolerances Jennifer Iscol December 2020 Patients with celiac disease are not at increased risk of COVID-19 Society for the Study of Celiac Disease: “To date, there have been no studies or reports suggesting patients with celiac disease are at increased risk of COViD-19 compared to patients without celiac disease. A small proportion of celiac disease patients with severe malnutrition and weight loss, the rare complication of Type 2 refractory celiac disease, on immunosuppressive medications or with other serious illnesses may be at increased risk and...

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Culinary ‘trip around the world’ for gluten-free kids

By Jennifer Iscol While we are hunkered down during the pandemic, two teens from the San Francisco Peninsula are opening up carefully curated global vistas for kids with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Caroline Pecore and Paloma Raffle led gluten-free virtual cooking camps and classes last summer, and they were so popular that the two high school sophomores are considering more. Each day of class features recipes from a different country and stories with a slideshow about how the kids in that country live and eat, drawing on travel Paloma has done with her family to 25 countries. The class...

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Bite of the Month: Alloko Garden

By Carolyn Neff A new takeout-only restaurant in Oakland, California, opened last month, featuring unique cuisine from Côte d’Ivoire. Bursting with flavors and nutritious grains that are unfamiliar to most Americans, Alloko Garden offers Ivorian comfort food that just happens to be entirely and naturally gluten free. While focusing on local delivery for now, the company is eyeing larger markets.  Owner Gnakouri Tohouri has come to this point in his life from a different angle. Following a rural background farming cocoa, coffee and produce alongside his large family in the south of Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa, he obtained an...

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Bite of the Month: Raised Gluten Free

By Carolyn Neff Our Bite of the Month series highlights Northern California businesses. The posts reflect our appreciation for locally-made gluten-free products and are not sponsored. Raise your hand if you’ve been gluten free for a while. Keep your hand up if you have a sweet tooth. Yup, I get it. You’re wishing the Netflix series Sugar Rush: Extra Sweet had an all celiac-friendly challenge and that the winner’s confections were shared with the entire gluten-free community. I am too. If you have not yet heard of or tried baked goods by Raised Gluten Free—one scoop of their indulgent...

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Bite of the Month: Virtual Celiac Events

By Carolyn Neff This feature is a little different this month, focusing on national virtual events you may like to “sample,” rather than a local business. As always, the post reflects our appreciation for the companies and institutions mentioned and is not sponsored. Enjoy these terrific events! 1. From the Experts: “All Things Celiac” The Harvard Medical School Celiac Research Program and the National Celiac Association are co-hosting monthly 75-minute Zoom webinars in 2020. “Celiac Disease and COVID-19” is the topic for Wednesday, September 23, with Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at...

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