Tag: gluten

The DNA of Thanksgiving

You learned to like the foods you grew up with, but did you know that genetics also play a role in your food preferences? In addition to influencing your sensitivity to bitter and sweet flavors, genetics also affect brain chemistry and therefore how you respond to tastes or other sensory cues. This ...

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New Standards Regulating Gluten Labeling

New rules issued by the US Food and Drug Administration earlier this month mean we may finally know what it means when a label on food we buy says “Gluten-Free.” The new standards are hugely important for the more than 3 million Americans with celiac disease as well as many others who for other reasons may ...

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Improving Health With 23andMe

Sometimes when she sees her 5-year-old daughter thriving and making up for lost time, Kristen Whitaker says it makes her feel “almost weepy.” It reminds her that for a long time her daughter wasn’t doing so well. It reminds Kristen that her little girl was for a time falling behind on the growth chart, not ...

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Genetics, Microbes and Celiac Disease

By Amick B. Like other autoimmune diseases, celiac disease has a strong genetic component, but new research shows that environmental factors, including an exposure to a variety of microbes in our water and in dust, may also play an important role. A recent New York Times article reported that the amount ...

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