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What’s So Bad About Gluten?

What’s So Bad About Gluten?
Just after Labor Day, the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo stopped for a weekend at the Meadowlands Exposition Center. Each year, the event wends its way across the country like a travelling medicine show, billing itself as the largest display of gluten-free products in the United States. Banners hung from the rafters, with welcoming messages like “Plantain Flour Is the New Kale.” Plantain flour contains no gluten, and neither did anything else at the exposition (including kale). There were gluten-free chips, gluten-free dips, gluten-free soups, and gluten-free stews; there were gluten-free breads, croutons, pretzels, and beer. Gluten, one of the most heavily consumed proteins on earth, is created when two molecules, glutenin and gliadin, come into contact and form a bond. Until about a decade ago, the other ninety-nine per cent of Americans rarely seemed to give gluten much thought. Wheat is easy to grow, to store, and to ship. Donald Kasarda, a researcher at the U.S. Joseph A. Related:  Contemporary culturePolitics of distinction

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Miho Aikawa photographs people eating dinner in her series, “Dinner in NY.” Miho Aikawa Growing up, both of Miho Aikawa’s parents had full-­time jobs, which made it difficult for the family to find time to spend together. As a result, it became a rule that they would gather for a family dinner whenever possible. More than four years ago, Aikawa decided to explore the many manifestations of modern dinners by photographing people eating in New York, focusing specifically on “private dinner moments, which take place regularly and more often.” Some of Aikawa’s subjects still used dinner as a time to socialize, but over the computer or phone rather than in person. Two years after Aikawa began her project in New York she started photographing dinners in Tokyo. Though Aikawa hopes her photos challenge viewers to think about their dinner habits, she doesn’t think they necessarily need to change them. Aikawa’s series, “Dinner in NY,” is on display in this year’s edition of The Fence at Brooklyn Bridge Park through October.

The Prevalence of Antibodies against Wheat and Milk Proteins in Blood Donors and Their Contribution to Neuroimmune Reactivities Aerial Photos Are New Weapon In Organic Civil War The Cornucopia Institute commissioned this photo of an organic egg producer in Saranac, Mich. According to Cornucopia, the facility is owned by Herbruck's Poultry Ranch, which has a license to maintain up to 1 million chickens on this site. Courtesy of The Cornucopia Institute hide caption itoggle caption Courtesy of The Cornucopia Institute The Cornucopia Institute commissioned this photo of an organic egg producer in Saranac, Mich. Courtesy of The Cornucopia Institute If you look at it one way, these are the best of times for organic egg and milk producers. But that expansion is provoking suspicion, name-calling, and even clandestine investigations within the organic "community" because some organic advocates believe that some of these megafarms are not truly organic. "We targeted them based on scale," says Mark Kastel, the co-founder of the Cornucopia Institute. Cornucopia published many of the photos online this week. In a few cases, Cornucopia may have photographed the wrong farms.

These 10 Things Can Make Your Life Pharmaceutical Free Our modern world and medical establishment has taught us that the pharmacist will help you find a quick fix for every ailment, instead of addressing our approach to diet and lifestyle. We’ve gotten so accustomed to finding a quick pharmacological fix to any problem, regardless of the side-effects they are having on our bodies and how they are confusing the delicate biological balance of our bodies, that we often don’t realize there are natural solutions out there for many ailments, and many studies show they are just as effective as pharmaceutical drugs. Here are 10 ways to lessen your dependency on products sold by Big Pharma and help you to spend less time at the doctor’s office. 1. Coconut oil is one of the most powerful foods you can add to your diet. 10 Proven Health Benefits of Coconut Oil (No. 3 is Best)Top 25 Reasons to Use Coconut OilThe 50 Latest Coconut Oil Benefits Backed by Science

Lauren Collins: The Search for the Hottest Chili In mid-December of 2011, Brady Bennett went out drinking at Adobe Gila’s at the Greene, a Mexican restaurant in Dayton, Ohio. After two beers, the bartender offered him a free shot. Bennett chose Patrón tequila with apple schnapps. “Chili pepper” is a confusing term, another of Christopher Columbus’s deathless misnomers. In recent years, “superhots”—chilis that score above 500,000 on the Scoville scale—have consumed the attention of chiliheads, who debate grow lights on Facebook (“You can overwinter with a few well-placed T-8s”), swap seeds in flat-rate boxes (Australian customs is their nemesis), and show up in droves at fiery-foods events (wares range from Kiss My Bhut hot sauce to Vanilla Heat coffee creamer). Like computers, superhots are evolving at a rate that embarrasses the phenomena of just a few years ago. Chiliheads are mostly American, British, and Australian guys.

Gluten Confirmed to Cause Serious Weight Gain, or ‘Wheat Belly’ – Scientific Research The case against gluten seems to have been closed with recent research from a Brazilian research team that published a report in the January 2013 Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. It seems to have put an exclamation point on the wheat belly controversy. Lacking scientific data confirming the mechanics of how gluten may or may not affect obesity, the study was set up to examine the differences in specific genetic and biochemical markers between rats fed gluten and rats that were kept gluten free. The "wheat belly" syndrome and how it leads to other health issues was the purpose of their research. The research team chose biological markers that could indicate the onset of obesity and metabolic syndrome, precursors to diabetes and cardiac issues. Both groups of rats were fed high fat diets. An analysis of the study This study report, according to Sayer Ji proves that the major factor of obesity is gluten, not calories. So how did wheat, "the staff of life," become a weed of disease.

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