Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Report says P.F. Chang's lawsuit dismissed

According to a report on website EmaxHealth, the class action lawsuit against P.F. Chang's over its gluten-free menu pricing has been tentatively dismissed.

The class action lawsuit contends that increased prices for gluten-free menu items are a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, because those of us with celiac have no choice but to eat gluten free.

A lot of people, including me, were disturbed by this lawsuit. I'm pretty sure the response of the restaurant industry would be to just not offer gluten-free menu items if they had to offer them at the same price. Yes, it's irritating that we pay more for gluten-free meals, but I've met a lot of restaurant owners and they've convinced me that they have to charge more because their suppliers are charging more for gluten-free ingredients.

It's a little unclear what the ultimate resolution of this lawsuit will be from the story. I'll be looking for more details, but you can read the EmaxHealth story here:

http://www.emaxhealth.com/12410/update-gluten-free-lawsuit-against-pf-changs-celiac-disease-concerns

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Gluten-free bakeries on the road

Here's a really good list from the Gluten-Free Travel blog of gluten-free bakeries in various cities, with a good number of them in Florida. I know I'll be making a point of visiting them when I'm in those cities:

http://glutenfreeinflorida2.blogspot.com/p/az-gluten-free-creations-10880-n-32nd.html

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Gallup poll: 1 in 5 Americans avoiding gluten

Gallup, one of the best-known polling organizations, actually did a poll this month on gluten-free eating and found that 21 percent are trying to eat gluten-free foods.

You know how I feel about that. Other than the 1 percent of us with celiac and the other 5 percent with non-celiac gluten intolerance, there's no reason that anybody should be trying to eat gluten free. But on the bright side, I thought the number would be much higher. I've seen previous polls suggesting it would be more like 1 in 3 people who are trying to avoid gluten.

It's an interesting survey. You can read the full results here:

http://www.gallup.com/poll/184307/one-five-americans-include-gluten-free-foods-diet.aspx

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Still looking for gluten-free dumplings

Last fall, I wrote about how happy I was to find gluten-free Chinese dumplings at Earth Fare. That's one of those foods I really miss and hadn't been able to find in a gluten-free version anywhere. So I was hoping these frozen dumplings made by Feel Good Foods would fill my craving.

They were okay, but not as good as I hoped. I thought the problem was my lack of cooking skills. The only way to cook them was to pan fry them, and they just didn't come out quite right.

So I was happy last week on another visit to Earth Fare when I checked on the dumplings again and found they added new cooking instructions for a microwave. I'm guessing I'm not the only one who had trouble cooking them. Maybe I'm not so inept after all.

So, I bought the dumplings again and microwaved them and ... they were just okay, not great. And this time, I know I cooked them perfectly.

Oh well, I guess I'll keep looking.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Gluten-free ice cream lists

Here's a handy list of Breyer's gluten-free ice cream varieties from the Gluten Away blog:

http://glutenaway.blogspot.com/2013/09/breyers-gluten-free-ice-cream-list.html

As you'll see, this page also has links to gluten-free lists for Edy's, Haagen Dazs and So Delicious ice cream.

Ice cream is generally gluten free, although some varieties may  have added flavorings that include gluten. So in the dog days of summer, these are are nice lists to check.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Another possible pill for celiacs?

I'm very skeptical about this, but there have been several reports the last couple of days about a pill being developed in Canada and possibly available soon that would allow celiacs to eat gluten.

There are a lot of pharmaceutical treatments in various stages of development, but I haven't seen anything that's been embraced by the leading celiac researchers.

Anyway, if you're interested, check out this report on the Canadian pill from Popular Science:

http://www.popsci.com/pill-made-egg-yolk-could-let-celiacs-eat-pizza-drink-beer

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tolerant offers a different kind of gluten-free pasta

I was recently contacted by a company called Tolerant to see if I wanted to sample their gluten-free pasta.

To my surprise, I received a big box with six different varieties of pasta. I haven't been able to try them all yet, but here's what I can tell you so far.

Tolerant's pastas are certified gluten-free and made from either red lentils or black beans, as opposed to other gluten-free pastas made from ingredients such as corn or rice.

Tolerant says the advantage of its ingredients is that it makes its pasta much higher in protein and fiber.

So far, I've tried two varieties of red lentil pasta and one black bean variety. The red lentil pasta tasted basically the same as other pastas. I really didn't like the black bean pasta all that much.

Normally, I don't spend a lot of time thinking about the taste of pasta. I figure the sauce will make or break the dish, and the only thing I worry about with pasta is its texture. I can't really describe it, but there was something about the black bean pasta that I didn't like.

Tolerant's pastas are available in a variety of stores, according to its fact sheet. I did a search on its website and found the only stores in Jacksonville carrying it are Native Sun and Grass Roots.

I haven't seen it myself on store shelves but according to the fact sheet, Tolerant pasta can be expensive at $2 to $3 "per serving." The company says the higher cost is due to the difficulty of finding a supply of lentils that have "no chance of cross-contamination."

You can check out more information at www.tolerantfoods.com.