Monthly e-newsletter serving the celiac and gluten free community
Many thanks to our colleagues at the Celiac Program at Harvard Medical School, with whom we planned the 2017 Celiac Symposium: Medical Myths and Milestones. On Saturday April 1, a capacity crowd heard from top-notch speakers, visited with a variety of vendors and enjoyed gluten-free food all day. Hope everybody who was able to come enjoyed this amazing day! Members and attendees, stay tuned for speaker slides and videos from the day.
Yours in health,
Lee Graham, Executive Director
- The Gluten-Free foodbank is looking for a volunteer who is able to drive a 16′ refrigerated box truck. No special license is necessary, but weekday availability is important. Please contact GFFB Director Nicola if you can help.
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Monthly Group Meetings
Group meetings provide the opportunity to talk about managing celiac disease and living gluten free. There are no set agendas, pre-registration is not required and there is no charge to attend. Just drop in!
Visit our Monthly Group Meeting event page for the full schedule and location of each meeting. Contact the group leader if you have questions about any of the group meetings. Here is the schedule for the upcoming meetings:
- Attleboro, MA: April 11, 7pm
- Braintree, MA: April 25, 7pm
- East Greenwich, RI: April 18, 7pm
- Fall River, MA: April 12, 7pm
- Glastonbury, CT: April 5, 7pm
- Natick, MA: April 19, 10am
- Westborough, MA: April 13, 6:30pm
- West Springfield, MA: April 4, 6pm
The Boston area meeting is on hold. Should you have any questions or wish to meet with a group leader, please contact Lauren or Charlotte.
Can’t make it to one of the meetings but want support? Contact NECO or a group leader; we are here to help!
Other Upcoming Events
The NECO Advisory Board will meet on Monday April 24 at 7:30pm. Contact Lee if you would like to attend or would like more information about what happens during these insightful and spirited evening meetings.
- Chef Shilpi, of EZ Compliments, is running many gluten free Indian cooking classes. Mention that you are a NECO member to get a $10 discount on registration.
The next Gluten Free North End Market Tours are taking place on Saturdays April 8 and May 13.
- Register through Newton Community Ed for a gluten-free cooking class taught by Sharon Wanunu: Move Over Macaroons on April 4, Lovin’ Lemon on Friday May 5, Bagels and bread on Friday May 19 or Quiches, Pies and Tarts on Friday June 6. All classes take place in West Roxbury, MA and run from 10 am to 1 pm.
Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free in the News
- GlutenFree Watchdog Tricia Thompson posted about R5 ELISA Test Results for Gluten-Containing Products Testing “Low Gluten” and “High Gluten” using the Nima Sensor.
- This Fox News article is titled Going Gluten Free May Raise Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Here is another article about this study.
- The March/April issue of Gluten-Free Living has articles about staple brands of the gluten-free community, eating in Italy, the microbiome: guardian of the gut and more.
- Here is a post titled, How to Spot a Celiac.
- Here is an article about celiac reactions to gluten-free, gluten-removed and regular beers.
- Here is the NPR summary of a study which concluded that there is no need to get screened for celiac disease unless you have symptoms. More details of the study may be found here.
- Would you eat gluten-free bread made from cockroach flour? Read about it here.
Webinars and Podcasts
Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) hosted a webinar about Gluten-free vs. Gluten-removed beer. Watch it here.
Celiac exchange student looking for host family
iE USA, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education and understanding through intercultural exchange, is looking for a host family for a student with celiac disease. Maria is a 16 year old girl from Spain who wishes to live with a family in the US who understands celiac disease. Please contact the co-ordinator, Rosi, by phone at 978-667-0632 or 508-527-7526 or email for more information.
Have you had a positive dining out experience that you’d like to share with others? If so, let us know.
Product Finds & Notes
- Starbucks has some new gluten-free offerings, including a breakfast sandwich, which is produced in a GF facility and sealed in its own bag and Goodie Girl Mint Slim cookies.
- Gluten-Free Watchdog is investigating Glutenetto cookies that are labeled GF but have an ingredient sticker that lists wheat flour as the first ingredient. The manufacturer believes that the product is gluten-free.
- The store shelves are stocked with Passover treats, many which happen to be gluten-free. What is your favorite find at this time of year?
- Here is a list of gluten-free Easter treats.
Recipe of the Month
Getting ready to cook? Snap a few photos of your recipe in process or the final yummy result, and submit them to be added to our website!
Would you like a copy of The Best-Ever Wheat-And-Gluten-Free Baking Book by Mary Ann Wenniger and Mace Wenniger? If so, send us an email with your name and mailing address by April 14.
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