Gluten-Free “In the News”… Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s new cookbook, Gluten-Free on Dr. Oz, Gluten-free pizza… & More!

The last couple of weeks have been packed with tons of gluten-free news to muse over… here are a few of the highlights that have come into my inbox:

A new cookbook To View: There’s a new gluten-free cookbook out by Elisabeth Hasselbeck, fellow celiac and co-host of  The View: Deliciously G-Free: Food So Flavorful They’ll Never Believe It’s Gluten-Free. I don’t have a copy of this cookbook yet, but the “look inside this book” option on highlights a comprehensive content page listing breakfasts, appetizers, main courses and dessert sections, along with chapters on organizing a “G-Free” kitchen and “Getting Fit with G-Free”. Looks like it might be worth checking out. Get it on for only $18.00 and eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25.

Pizza in the DC Sky: Check out this great write up on gluten-free pizza being offered at Washington, DC area restaurants. I love the writing style of the author, a gentleman whose wife is gluten-intolerant. This article also lists pizzerias in the DC area that carry gluten-free pizzas. One restaurateur who was interviewed for this article, Fuel Pizza, a North Carolina-based chain that began offering gluten-free crusts two years ago notes “We went from selling 50 [gluten-free pies] a week at eight cafes to selling 300 a week” and continues that offering a gluten-free pizza, “helps our bottom line”.

This is a good article to send to your local pizzeria that you’ve been trying to convince to carry gluten-free pizza.

Are you kidding me? When I read the first line of this article I laughed out loud. Here it is: “The gluten-free diet is not only for people with Celiac disease, but also for people looking to lose weight.” Ahmmmm… the person that wrote this article obviously hasn’t checked out the oodles of gluten-free goodies and snacks that I’ve discovered over the last few years. =) The article continues to say that it is “impossible to eat out” with celiac disease, and the gluten-free diet is “beneficial to everyone”. Arghhh.  Misinformation! I hate reading articles like this!

On the other hand –  here is what Dr. Oz has to say about eating gluten-free to lose weight…
In Part 1 of these videos from the Dr. Oz show that were shown a couple of months back,  Dr. Oz  warns people who believe a  gluten-free is the answer to loosing weight, “Gluten free diets do not help you lose weight,” and continues to say, “They actually can cause you to put on more weight.”

However, in the other parts of this video series I wish that Dr. oz encouraged folks to get tested for celiac disease before tackling  the gluten-free eating challenge.

Forget the Superbowl… Udi’s heads to the Sundance Film Festival
Udi’s Gluten-free bread headed to the Sundance Film Festival this past week to hand out gluten-free goodie bags and to score a touchdown with the celebs at the big event. Udi’s went to the festival to “promote the message that switching to gluten-free foods can be seamless and that those with a gluten intolerance aren’t alone.”

Tips for Hosting an Informal Gluten-Free Dinner Party
Carol Fenster was written up this week in the San Francisco Chronicle in an article that reviews how to host an informal gluten-free dinner party. Some great ideas on keeping the menu basic, having dairy-free as an option too, and remembering to keep things simple… so the hostess can enjoy the gathering too.  Carol Fenster is one of the foremost experts on gluten-free cooking and the author of several popular gluten-free cookbooks including: 125 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes, Gluten-Free Quick & Easy, 1000 Gluten-Free Recipes, Gluten-Free 101, and 100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes. Carol also consults worldwide and speaks frequently at national conferences.

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2 Responses to “Gluten-Free “In the News”… Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s new cookbook, Gluten-Free on Dr. Oz, Gluten-free pizza… & More!”

  1. mary Says:

    You said, “Ahmmmm… the person that wrote this article obviously hasn’t checked out the oodles of gluten-free goodies and snacks that I’ve discovered over the last few years. =)” In total agreement with you, I’d like her to explain why I must be very careful of all those wonderful new gluten free foods available to ALL who want to lose weight. I’ve been trying to maintain and diet so I don’t get obese on ALL those wonderful new gluten free foods. She really shouldn’t be so general in her statements because she definitely came across as misinformed on weight loss and the gluten free diet. Going gf and eating only meats, fruits and veggies, and physical exercise will help anyone lose weight. Add in all those gf rice cakes, muffins, and pizza made with low nutrition grains and I beg to differ with her!

  2. TXEdie Says:

    If you have a sweet-tooth, eating gluten-free is just as fattening as regular sweets or breadstuff. IF you focus on fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meat — this healthy diet will trim you down whether or not you need a g-f diet. For the majority of us, common-sense will keep our weight where it should be. Common sense will also lead us to choose whole grain cereals and flours (brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, etc.) to make sure that nutritional needs are met — and will justify spending on a good multi-purpose g-f daily vitamin, maybe an Omega-3 supplement, and a recommended g-f calcium supplement. If in doubt, talk with a Nutritionist recommended by your G-I doctor. Remember that there’re more foods that you CAN eat than foods you CAN’T eat. 🙂

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