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In Allergy, Celiac Disease, Gluten Free on September 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm

This video is the first installment of an experimental online TV show called “Gluten Free TV.”  The show which is hosted by Celiac Chick’s creator, Kelly Courson, takes the viewer on a tour of the popular New York City French restaurant Bar Breton. The episode, which is titled “Smart & Tasty,” includes a visual tour of the restaurant, a meeting with the head Chef and a demonstration of how to make their famous Gluten Free galette.  The end of the video also features the recipe for the dish.  The video features great titles and music while getting right to the point.

One of the most difficult parts of having this allergy is going to a restaurant and not being able to order items on the menu that appeal to you because they contain gluten.  With a disease such as this where your diet is very limited, it is important to have people who can give you suggestions of places that you can go to eat out enjoyably.  The video, while being simple in how it is made, packs the punch of any great visual multimedia element.  I think the video adds great value to its audience by showing them a place they can go out to eat to enjoy themselves as well as educating them a bit more about a type of food they possibly never knew existed.

Another great practice is the “Gluten-Free Diet Slideshow” on Webmd.com.  While there is no voice or music for this example, the 22 pictures, captions and explanations do a great job of educating the audience as to what Celiac really is with great visual explanations.  This would add value to the niche audience for this blog because it is a re-enforcement to the recently diagnosed or to a person who needs to explain to someone about Celiac disease.

 

Why bother blogging?

In Allergy, Celiac Disease, Gluten Free on September 9, 2010 at 1:47 am

Without a doubt, there is a need for more information on Celiac disease that needs to be shared.  Celiac-Disease.com reported some statistics recently.  One out of every 133 Americans have Celiac disease the website said. This number comes out to be around three million people. The website also estimated that about 97 percent of Americans have the disease but are undiagnosed.  The disease has different effects depending on the person: some individuals experience the most extreme effects, while others experience none; however the number of possible symptoms comes to be about 300. The disease itself is known to affect more people in the United States than Crohn’s Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.  The website has also reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that the Gluten Free industries revenues will reach up to $1.7 billion in 2010. This statistic is realistic because on average, gluten free foods are known to be 242 percent more expensive than their non-gluten free counterparts the website said.

These statistics are shocking and by comparison they are saying that one in a 133 Americans is affected. That means if the enrollment at Quinnipaic University is 5,700, one in 42 students at the University has this disease. That’s two students in two classes since there are typically 25 students to a class. This number is astronomical for a disease that most people don’t even know exists. Not only is this an issue here in the U.S., it is a growing issue in Italy as they as a whole consume more products with wheat in it than any country.  In Italy, about one in 250 people have Celiac disease. In Ireland, about one in about 300 people have the disease. Not only is Celiac disease linked to issues such as Crohn’s Disease, studies have shown that it also can be linked to autism and ADD.  The Wall Street Journal just recently published an article on the disease.  This article shows the national recognition that the disease is now getting for the first time. The most important things a possible candidate can do is be aware, know the symptoms, check out blogs such as The Gluten Free Mom, Gluten Free Girl and the Chef and consult a physician.

 

Celiac Disease is taking over!

In Allergy, Celiac Disease, Gluten Free on September 9, 2010 at 12:46 am

photo courtsey of: Gluten Free Easily

One of the fastest growing food epidemics of our time is an illness known as Celiac disease.  Celiac disease, also known as Sprue, is in more products than simply just wheat flour. The disease focuses around intolerance to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.  Gluten is a key ingredient in many unsuspecting items such as ketchup, some ice creams, soy sauce, salad dressings, Twizzlers, as well as beauty products and envelope adhesives.  For those unlucky people who have this incurable disease,  the consequences of just one bite of that delicious looking cake can only be described as someone twisting your insides with a wrench.

Generally, the disease is found to be genetic and can become active at any age. More than 20 million Americans are affected by this disease, some of which experience symptoms.  While the allergy is life altering to those who find themselves diagnosed, most people find that they have more energy and live a healthier life style once kicking the gluten habit.  Gluten-free products are becoming more and more available every day.  Big name brands such as Betty Crocker even have lines of gluten free baking products and pancake mixes which you can find conveniently in your local grocery store.  This disease has become so popular, there is a whole blogging community dedicated to the expansion and sharing of gluten free products, recipes, and where to get the best restaurant gluten free food.  Bloggers such as The CeliacChicks share with the gluten free community all the latest in the world of wheat-free.