Have Diabetes and Want to Go Gluten-Free? A New Guide from the American Diabetes Association Can Help
Diabetes-Friendly Recipes, Meal Plans, Strategies, and Tips for Anyone with Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance
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Celiac disease is the most common inherited autoimmune disorder in the U.S., affecting 3 million Americans by disrupting the digestive process or contributing to such conditions as osteoporosis, joint pain, and anemia. Unfortunately, there’s also a strong link between diabetes and celiac disease. Nationally recognized chef Nancy Hughes and registered dietitian and diabetes educator Lara Rondinelli-Hamilton, who lives with celiac disease herself, created Gluten-Free Recipes for People with Diabetes, the American Diabetes Association’s first collection of 75 gluten-free recipes specifically designed for people with diabetes. This much-needed resource provides a full range of recipes from appetizers, soups and stews, salads, main dishes to desserts—all without the use of gluten.
“Lara and I agreed that to bring a whole world of happiness to people with both diabetes and celiac disease, we would have to provide “down-to-earth” information, advice on available gluten-free products on the market, and put back on the table—in a delicious and healthful way—recipes that were otherwise off limits,” said Hughes.
People with diabetes and celiac disease have the double challenge of choosing foods that fit the dietary restrictions of two conditions, restrictions that can sometimes conflict. Many gluten-free products are low in fiber but high in refined carbohydrates that can elevate blood glucose—a dangerous consequence for people with diabetes. And while gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, it is also often a hidden ingredient in many foods, making it a challenge to learn which foods contain gluten, even in scant amounts.
Eating and cooking healthfully with diabetes and celiac disease can be challenging, but it is possible, and it doesn't mean limiting yourself to a few foods or giving up on dishes you love. In addition to dozens of recipes, Gluten-Free includes a meal-planning guide that teaches readers how to successfully shop for gluten-free products and provides cooking tips, grocery lists, menus, and lists of safe gluten-free ingredients and a list of ingredients to avoid. Recipes provide exchanges and nutritional information, which are important for people with diabetes who need to manage glucose levels. There is also an extensive list of celiac disease resources, including organizations, books, eating out resources, websites, and magazines.
Nancy S. Hughes is the author of more than 12 cookbooks and has contributed to more than 40 others. She has developed recipes and worked as a food consultant for a variety of corporations, organizations, and national magazines, including American Heart Association, Cooking Light, Nestle USA, CanolaInfo, Better Homes & Gardens, Betty Crocker, McCormick, ConAgra Foods, USA Rice Foundation, Diabetic Cooking, and Easy Home Cooking. She and her husband, Greg, live in Daphne, Alabama.
Lara Rondinelli-Hamilton, RD, LDN, CDE, is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with over 13 years of experience counseling people with diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and those looking to lose weight or improve their general wellness. She was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007. Lara is the co-author of the best-selling Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking and The Healthy Carb Diabetes Cookbook. She is a regular columnist for the diabetes website www.dLife.com and has been a speaker to numerous organizations and groups for healthy eating, cooking and meal planning. She has appeared on several radio and television programs promoting healthy eating, including ABC Chicago news, WGN Channel 9 news, and NBC Chicago news.
GLUTEN-FREE RECIPES FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES is available at www.ShopDiabetes.org, at bookstores nationwide, or by calling 1-800-232-6733.
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.
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