FDA finds some dark chocolate includes undeclared milk

A new study revealing that a significant portion of dark chocolate products sold in the U.S. may contain undeclared milk could shake some consumers’ confidence in the industry in the week leading up to Valentine’s Day – one of the category’s most significant sales events.

Hay fever and sleeping tablets ‘can increase risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia’

Over-the-counter hay fever pills and sleeping tablets can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s, a study warned today.

The findings have “public health implications” about “potential safety risks”, according to scientists.

Other drugs for depression and bladder control were also linked to dementia .

The drugs have an ­“anticholinergic” effect, which blocks a chemical transmitter that people with Alzheimer’s lack.

Family Sues Restaurant After Son Eats Pancakes, Dies

A family in Minnesota is suing a local restaurant after their son ate two pancakes there and died last June. They say that 16-year-old Scott Johnson, who was so allergic to dairy that trace amounts had sent him to the emergency room before and the family generally avoided dining out, ate the breakfast only after his mother asked the server if the gluten-free pancakes were also dairy free, and said the cook would have to also clean the griddle before making them. “Things that you wouldn’t even imagine have dairy in them,” mom Cindy Johnson tells KFOR 4. “He had just finished and he said, ‘We have to go now.'”

 

Many people with gluten sensitivity have not had proper tests

People who believe they are sensitive to gluten have often not been adequately tested to rule out celiac disease, reports a new study.

Jessica R. Biesiekierski told Reuters Health that people with trouble digesting gluten who are not tested for celiac disease may not get proper treatment, which could lead to health problems down the line.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition in which eating gluten – a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye – damages the lining of the intestines, resulting in digestive symptoms and potential complications.

Some people who don’t have celiac disease or haven’t been tested have similar symptoms they believe are triggered by gluten.

 

Are hidden food allergies making you miserable?

When it comes to chronic pain and depression, there’s no reason why you “just have to put up with it.” We now know that these states—and a host of conditions that accompany them—are caused by the inflammation of microglia in the brain. The microglia (your brain’s immune cells) turn on inflammation, and when they reach a tipping point, they become hyperreactive. The slightest assault can set them off, triggering system-wide inflammation that can be difficult to stop.

 

Could you be allergic to your mobile phone?

They have been accused of frying our brains; altering our posture and ruining our grasp of the English language but now scientists claim mobile phones could also bring us out in a rash.

If you have ever noticed swelling, redness, itching or blistering near your cheekbones, ears, jaw or hands, you may be allergic to your phone.

A new study suggests the nickel, chromium and cobalt found in common phones made by BlackBerry, Samsung and LG among others, can cause skin irritations.

 

‘Do you know what gluten is’? Jimmy Kimmel asks four dieters why they have gone ‘gluten-free’… and they can’t explain it

Gluten is actually composed of two different proteins: gliadin (a prolamin protein) and glutenin (a glutelin protein).  Though ‘true gluten’ is sometimes defined as being specific to wheat, gluten is often said to be part of other cereal grains — including rye, barley and various crossbreeds — because these grains also contain protein composites made from prolamins and glutelins.

 
Lots of people say they’re intolerant to it, but most of them don’t  even know what it is. That’s what talkshow host Jimmy Kimmel says is the case in Los Angeles, where he says eating gluten is considered worse than Satanism.  And, at least according to his research, it seems he is right.

 

 

The hidden allergen in your gluten-free foods

Ever hear of lupin? Me neither. That is, until last week, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a warning about this legume, stating that it can cause allergic reactions ranging from a mild case of hives to full-blown anaphylaxis (yikes). The most susceptible populations: People with existing legume allergies, especially peanut allergies.  The reason this news is troublesome:  Lupin is popping up in an increasing amount of foods, thanks to the onslaught of gluten-free products (apparently it makes a great substitute for gluten-containing flours), yet people still have no idea what it is or that it may cause them harm, said Dr. Stefano Luccioli, a senior medical advisor at the FDA.