General Mills recently put out feelers on a new line of products that they term "gluten friendly." These products start with gluten free ingredients, but would not necessarily be made on gluten free lines or made in gluten free facilities. We weigh in on this and also talk about the downside of the term "gluten friendly" as it is being used for restaurants and how we feel it negatively impacts our community.
New takeaways have been published pertaining to the 2018 Doggie Bag Study. This study was the first of its kind as it tested actual samples from the participant's food and then studied the reaction that the food had on each of the subjects (all with celiac disease). The major finding from this study is that it might, sadly, be impossible to live completely gluten free.
Mike and Cam welcome guest Vanessa Weisbrod, the Executive Director of the Celiac Disease Program at Children's National Hospital. Vanessa shares her personal celiac story, and talks about the work she is doing, including the groundbreaking cross-contact studies for home and school, which sent shockwaves throughout the celiac and gluten free communities. Vanessa explains why these studies are so important moving forward.
Justin Bieber recently took to Instagram to announce he is gluten intolerant. This got Mike and Cam thinking about some of the gluten free celebrities who have already claimed gluten free status. They discuss what having a high profile spokesperson might do for the gluten free world. Also, the confusion around some of these celebs, in that one website might say that they are gluten intolerant and another will say they have celiac. We discuss whether it is something that should matter to our community.