Monday, April 27, 2009

The Best Gluten Free Store in Grand Rapids MI

Out all the Health Food stores around Grand Rapids area and even Lansing is Apple Valley Natural Foods. They have the best selection of Gluten Free items. Every week they get something new in.

I feel that Apple Valley has a better selection then Whole Foods and even Trader Joe's. If you are in the area stop in and you will be happy about going.

If you get a chance, drive to Apple Valley Natural Foods. The more you stop and buy the selection will keep getting bigger.

Apple Valley Will have some samples, free products and a list of what the store carries at the Grand Rapids Gluten Free Food Fair at Kyuper College on the Beltline at 10:00- 3:00.

(The Kentwood Apple Valley, I know has a big section of GF, The other I am not sure, because they are owned by different people.)
Apple Valley Natural Foods
6070 Kalamazoo Ave., SE
Kentwood, MI 49508
616-554-3205 (phone)


Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: Closed

Grand Rapids Gluten Free Food Fair 2009

The annual Gluten Free Fair is back for hopefully another successful year.

On May 2nd at Kyuper College on the Beltline.
Time is at 10:00-3:00

They will have free samples and information about different companies. There will also be door prizes every 30 minutes.

Contact Information—616-363-9425

Sponsored by:
Anchor Baptist Church

Business that will be there are:
Tastefully Gluten Free
Bread Stone Bakery
Breads From Anna
Celiac Specialties
Full Flavor Foods
Best Breads
Enjoy Life
Meijer, Inc.
Food Tek
Organic Bistro
Coco Charlotte
Midge’s Muffins
Heartlands Finest
Forest Hills Foods
Pamela’s Products
It’s A Piece of Cake
Harvest Health Foods
Gluten Free Sensations
And More

Friday, April 24, 2009

Stars on a Gluten Free Diet

I've heard that the following celebs avoid wheat. So they may or may not have Celiac Disease (some could just avoid wheat because they think it's healthier... or perhaps for religious reasons), but... they are supposedly on similar diets! Many of these I found on a message board at

Billy Bob Thornton
Jim Carrey
Victoria Beckham (aka Posh Spice)
Rachel Weisz
Regis Philbin (from Regis and Kelly)
Goldie Hawn
Jude Law
Elisabeth Hasselbeck (The View)
Juliette Lewis
Susie Essman
Sarah Vowell (Violet in The Incredibles)
Terence Stamp (Jor-El in Smallville)
Emmy Rossum
Keith Olbermann (MSNBC)
Dannii Minogue (Kylie Minogue's sister)
Amanda Donohoe

Scarlett Johansson said in an interview that she has a wheat allergy, referring to working in a wheat field. Not sure if she is on a wheat-free diet.
Gwyneth Paltrow has been on a GF diet in the past (not sure if she still is).

I thought that was pretty neat. I wish more would speak out about it though! I'm sure there are many more out there that we don't know about.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

General Mills & Betty Crocker is going Gluten Free

The following is an announcement from General Mills - great news!
General Mills Announcement

"Thank you for contacting General Mills regarding gluten in Corn Chex cereal. General Mills is reformulating the following Big G Cereals to gluten free status:

· Corn Chex
· Honey Nut Chex
· Strawberry Chex
· Chocolate Chex
· Cinnamon Chex

As was the case with Gluten Free Rice Chex, the barley malt ingredient was removed and replaced with another ingredient. Production has begun, so you may start seeing the gluten free formulas on store shelves now. All 5 products should be widely available across the U.S. by June 1, 2009. As with all reformulated products, both products may be on store shelves at the same time so please read labels/packaging carefully, examining the product packaging to ensure that the cereal inside the box is in fact the new, gluten free product. Look for "NOW GLUTEN FREE" or "GLUTEN FREE" on the front/side/back panels.

In addition, the following Betty Crocker Gluten Free mixes will be available at approximately the same time:

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownie Mix
Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
Betty Crocker Gluten Free Devils Food Cake Mix
Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix

It is our goal to help our consumers determine whether or not they can include our products in their diet when they are not labeled Gluten Free. To accurately accomplish this, we believe it is best to refer to the specific ingredients listed on each product package; and for this reason, we do not offer a gluten-free product list.

However, we do understand that ingredients can be confusing. We want you to be assured that if the ingredient label does not list wheat, barley, rye, oats or gluten containing ingredients sourced from these grains, then the product would be gluten-free. Sources of gluten are listed on the label even if the source of gluten is part of another ingredient (such as flavoring or spice). Because ingredients may vary from one package to another due to product reformulation, you should use the products ingredient label to provide you with current and accurate information. "

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Economic Impact Of Undiagnosed Celiac Disease Probed By Study

A study published in Journal of Insurance Medicine by members of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center has demonstrated an economic benefit to the diagnosis of celiac disease in a national managed-care population in the United States.

Peter HR Green, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director, Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center, had this to say about the study (Journal of Insurance Medicine, 2008;40:218-228) and the economic benefits of increased diagnosis of celiac disease: "We now have evidence that the increased awareness and diagnosis of celiac disease would benefit not only the patients but would result in health care costs savings."

Celiac disease occurs in genetically susceptible individuals due to the development of an immune response to gluten, the protein component of wheat, rye and barley. Studies have demonstrated that celiac disease occurs in about 1 percent of the U.S. population; however, most people with this condition remain undiagnosed. Those in whom it is diagnosed have a long duration of symptoms prior to diagnosis. Celiac disease is associated with the development of osteoporosis, anemia, a host of associated autoimmune conditions as well as several different malignancies.

The recent study that examined a large managed-care database revealed reduced health care costs after the diagnosis of celiac disease. The reductions in costs were attributable to decreasing trends in utilization of office visits, laboratory tests, diagnostic imaging and endoscopy procedures in those diagnosed with celiac disease.

As a result of the study, "there needs to be greater physician education in the various modes of presentation and manifestations of celiac disease and more use of the widely available screening blood tests that detect the disease," Dr. Green said.


About the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center

The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center Medical Center was established within the Department of Medicine at Columbia University in 2001, Its mission: to redefine the future of celiac disease and treatment on an ongoing basis, through continuing advances in biomedical research, patient care, and physician and public education.

The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center is one of a few centers in the United States that provides comprehensive medical care, including nutrition, for adult and pediatric patients with celiac disease. Additional information is available online at

Columbia University Medical Center provides international leadership in basic, pre-clinical and clinical research, in medical and health sciences education, and in patient care. The medical center trains future leaders and includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, public health professionals, dentists, and nurses at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions. Established in 1767, Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons was the first institution in the country to grant the M.D. degree and is now among the most selective medical schools in the country. Columbia University Medical Center is home to the most comprehensive medical research enterprise in New York City and state and one of the largest in the United States. Columbia University Medical Center is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the nation's largest not-for-profit hospital provider.

Cynthia Beckman
Columbia University Medical Center

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