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Try this spinach tuna pizza made with tuna in olive oil, fresh spinach, Kalamata olives, and mozzarella cheese. Bake until lightly browned and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Gluten Not Directly Responsible for Symptoms of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

Interest in a gluten-free diet has grown tremendously over the past decade. However, new research raises questions about whether gluten is a culprit of intestinal distress. In this study, researchers at the University of Oslo tested reactions to fructan (a compound found naturally in wheat and vegetables like onions, asparagus, and garlic) and gluten (a protein found naturally in wheat, barley, and rye). In a highly-controlled study of 59 people following a self-reported gluten-free diet, researchers tested patients’ symptoms after exposure to gluten, fructan, and a placebo.  Interestingly, 13 participants had significant symptoms after eating gluten, 24 had symptoms after eating fructan, and 22 had symptoms after eating a placebo, a food without gluten or fructan. There was no difference in GI symptoms after the gluten or placebo and more patients had reactions to the fructan as opposed to the gluten. The authors conclude that their findings weaken the use of the term “Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity,” and raise “doubts about the need for a gluten-free diet in such patients.
Gastroenterology. 2017 Nov 1. pii: S0016-5085(17)36302-3. (Skodje GI et al.)

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Bucatini is a thick spaghetti-like pasta with a hole in the center. Ziti would also work well. The veggies and olive oil in this recipe meld together to create a comforting, almost creamy sauce. An unexpected hit of lime keeps the flavors bright....

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Whole grains, vegetables, salmon and eggs—this recipe has it all! This dish will please culinary and nutrition experts alike, and with 23g of protein per serving, it’s a powerhouse recipe, as well. Enjoy!

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Making even the simplest of cheeses is a fun, delicious, and surprisingly quick and easy kitchen experiment, but good quality store-bought ricotta will make beautiful dough as well. For light gnocchi, be careful not to overmix the dough.

veggie burger

Whole grain pita pockets are one of our favorite carriers for veggie burgers, as they make the perfect catchall for any stray crumbles.

whole grain pasta tossed with pesto

Don’t discard the leafy green tops when you buy a bunch of beets from the farmers market. Instead, use them to make pesto....

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Whole grain pizza crust is available in the refrigerated or frozen section of the grocery store. It’s perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. This recipe uses sun-dried tomatoes along with artichoke tomato sauce to add an extra bite. ...

Sun Dried Tomato Mediterranean Pizza

Whole grain pizza crust is available in the refrigerated or frozen section of the grocery store. It’s perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. This recipe uses sun-dried tomato pesto instead of classic tomato sauce to add an extra bite. ...

Crispy Moroccan Chickpea Flatbreads

When baked in the oven, chickpeas become crispy and delicious. In this recipe, they are tossed with a Moroccan spice blend and sprinkled on top of a pizza. Save a few for snacking while the pizza bakes.

Summer Harvest Pizza

This pizza is made with lavash, a soft, unleavened flatbread popular in the eastern Mediterranean. It’s topped with feta, beans, and vegetables — delicious!...

Mediterranean Diet Linked with Lower Risk of Gallbladder Removal

Cholecystectomy, or the removal of the gallbladder, is a common treatment for gallstones, which affect 10-15% of the adult population. Some studies suggest that foods typical of the Western diet (high in calories, cholesterol, etc.) may increase the risk of gallstone disease. Researchers analyzed whether a healthful diet, like the Mediterranean diet, could potentially prevent cholecystectomy in a group of 64,052 French women. They found that those more closely following the Mediterranean diet had a lower risk of cholecystectomy. Specifically, a higher intake of legumes, fruit, vegetable oil, and whole grain bread was associated with a lower cholecystectomy risk, and a higher intake of ham was associated with a higher risk.
American Journal of Gastroenterology. 25 July 2017. [Epub ahead of print.] (Barré A et al.)


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