The Celiac MD™

Should you trust gluten-free labels?

By Amy Burkhart, MD, RD
What do gluten-free labels and caution statements on packaged products really mean?  Should you pay attention to warnings such as “made in a shared facility” or are they simply legal jargon? Data from a new study by the FDA, which analyzed the gluten content of 461 packaged products, may help answer these questions.  Read more

Melinda’s Gluten-Free
in Capitola, CA

Photo credit: Julie Cahill Photography

By Julie Cahill Photography

By Vic Dolcourt   Melinda’s Gluten-Free was an open secret until June when Melinda Harrower and Hannah Balliet opened their first retail shop on busy 41st Avenue in Capitola, a small city near Santa Cruz, California, on the Monterey Bay.  Read more


Cheesecake Factory Expands
Gluten-Free Effort

Sweet Corn Tamale Cakes

Sweet Corn Tamale Cakes

By Jennifer Iscol  The gluten-free menu is now available at all Cheesecake Factory locations – and it has over 70 items on it. It has a lot going for it, and the company has made a strong and sustained effort in taking its gluten-free endeavor chain wide, but there are still a few kinks to work out. So gluten-free diners may want to check it out, but with a bit of caution and a list of questions.  Read more




Listen up, hotels!
Consider gluten free

Rita Williams

Award-winning retired KTVU reporter Rita Williams has some tips for hotels  A road trip of 6700 miles in four weeks. Ah, retirement! As Crater Lake, Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier, Portland, Yakima, Victoria, Jasper, Banff, Mt. Rushmore and oh, so much more beautiful country flashed by, I didn’t have time to get sick. But I did have time to think about how easy it would be for hotels to help us keep from getting sick while traveling.  Read more