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Gluten-Free Recipes on Social Media

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Finding gluten-free recipes on social media is easy…almost too easy.  But just because a recipe is gluten-free doesn’t mean that it is a great gluten-free recipe.  So, in this post I’m giving my two cents on reliably good social media sites for gluten-free recipes.

For starters, the two easiest social media sites to find recipes on are Pinterest and Google+. While you can find recipes on blogs and Facebook and LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+ are better for teasing out recipes from other information. Plus, these sites are photo-centric, making them more fun and engaging to find what you really want.

Below are my lists of favorite Pinterest and Google+ pages.  I have categorized them into general gluten-free recipes and those that focus on healthier gluten-free recipes.   I also recommend plugging in “gluten-free” in the search boxes to see what else you can find.

Most of these boards will lead you back to their blogs and websites, where you can access more information.

Gluten-Free Recipes on Pinterest
What’s great about Pinterest is that each person’s page is divvied up into categories by board. So, if you only want to follow some of a person’s boards you can do that.  The other great aspect of Pinterest is that you can pin someone else’s pins to your boards, making it easy to build a recipe catalogue.

Gluten-free Recipes on Google+
Google+ is more like Facebook than Pinterest.  There is more correspondence between users on Google+, so if you are looking for engagement this might be the site for you. Google+ also has “communities” so you can follow like-minded people for the topics you are interested in.

Which Google+ and Pinterest boards do you like for gluten-free recipes?  Let me know, so that I can add them here and follow them!


Genetic Testing for Celiac Disease

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The last few talks I’ve done on gluten-related disorders and celiac disease I’ve been asked the same question that shows there is confusion about the role of genetic testing in confirming a diagnosis of celiac disease. So, I would like to address that question here.

Genetic testing does NOT provide a confirmed diagnosis for celiac disease.  To get celiac disease, having one of the genes for celiac disease is required, but then something in the environment must trigger the onset of the disease.  Having the gene alone does not mean you will get celiac disease.

In fact, approximately 30% of the population carries one of the genes for celiac disease, but only 1% of the population gets the disease.  Or, approximately 5% of those with a gene actually gets the disease.

Genetic testing is done to determine if you are at risk for celiac disease.  It is also used to determine if celiac disease can be ruled out in someone who has gone gluten-free prior to testing or if blood testing and biopsy provide borderline results.

Celiac disease is confirmed with blood testing for gluten antibodies and biopsy of the small intestine.

In conclusion:  while you need to have a gene in order to get celiac disease, having one doesn’t mean you will get the disease.  Another way of saying it is genetic testing can rule out celiac disease if you don’t carry one of the genes, but it cannot confirm having the disease.

I tried to stay away from getting into the genetic/science terminology.  I hope this clears up any confusion about the role of genetic testing in celiac disease.

If you have any questions, I’m happy to address them here.

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