Happy Springtime! My favorite season, hopefully yours, too.
Okay, if you only read one thing, read this!
Did you know companies don’t need to label for gluten in meds?
There’s finally some movement on gluten in medication….and hopefully finally goes somewhere. Congressman Tim Ryan D-OH and Rep. Steve Stivers R-OH have teamed up for the Gluten in Medications Act.
If you’ve been around for a while, you know this has been problem for quite some time, with no resolution in sight. I testified for the FDA in 2011, and they listened politely. Nothing changed.
I dearly hope that this time, there’s enough bipartisan momentum. And please nudge your Congressional reps to sponsor this bill. Because this isn’t the first time this bill has been proposed, but hopefully it’ll finally go somewhere this time! Handy dandy little form to nudge your rep right here.
Other news of interest:
- French fry eaters! If you have Celiac or need to be strictly gluten-free, a new study shows with certainty that a shared frier IS often a problem. 1/4 of the fry orders would not be considered gluten-free. “It remains prudent to advise consumers with CD to avoid foods cooked in shared fryers.”
- There have been a lot of studies on diet and IBD (Crohn’s, UC). But does gluten play a role? According to a new prospective study, no, it doesn’t.
- Got fructose malabsorption? you’re in good company. Some of it is that in the US, we eat more fructose. This paper (from this month) has a good review
- Kate Scarlata has a wonderful initiative for IBS month (April) to end hunger. To learn more, or to donate, check it out.
Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Wellcoach in Fairfax, VA. She helps people with a range of dietary issues, including Celiac Disease, digestive issues, preventing diseases and “whole foods” eating. Let’s get you on your way to achieving your goals and feeling great! Email or call 571-271-8742.