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Is a Gluten-Free Diet Healthy?

Humans have consumed wheat for more than 10,000 years — yet over the past decade, more and more people have begun to avoid it. Known as a gluten-free diet, people are choosing to swap gluten-containing grains for alternatives such as quinoa, amaranth, millet, and rice. So what exactly is gluten? According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, gluten is the general term for proteins found in wheat, rye, barley, and triticale. While a product may be “wheat-free”, that doesn’t always mean “gluten-free” as it can still contain rye or barley in some form. Gluten is commonly found in breads, pasta, baked goods, and sauces, as well as salad dressings and beer. While it’s clear that people are interested in eliminating gluten, we decided to speak with Tori James, MS, RD, LD and Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Consultant with Ingredient 1, to learn why exactly this diet is so popular. There is a fad component to the popularity of the gluten free diet; however, for those with Celiac disease or non-Celiac gluten sensitivity, a gluten-free diet is …

Food Forum: If You Build It, They Will Come

Food Forum: If You Build It, They Will Come Posted on Nov 1, 2014 by Craig Levitt. Personalized Shopping Experience For A Social Marketplace. By Taryn Fixel Planning brunch for a few friends used to be simple: you’d whip up a cheese soufflé and shake up your signature cocktails.  Gone are the old days.  Today, everyone has a food allergy, a food philosophy, and a list of Sorry, I Don’t Do… cilantro, meat, sugar, etc… An individual’s daily food choices are determined by innumerable, and often intangible, emotional, cultural, and dietary needs. Our grocery stores have grown to attempt to accommodate this dizzying range of tastes and requirements. As retailers increased their variety from 9,000 items in 1974 to over 40,000 today, they implemented complex inventory and management systems that don’t take into account how to share relevant information with consumers. Retailers have not yet seized upon technology to help customers navigate the diversity of products nor implemented broad-scale feedback systems that would allow them to calibrate inventory to customer preferences. With such volume and variety, …