Archive for January, 2011

Arni’s Gluten Free Pizza

January 30th, 2011
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Today we went out to lunch with the family at Arni’s, Lafayette Market Square location. My sister-in-law was dining there a week or so ago and saw a table card that they were offering a gluten-free pizza. I was very excited to try it out as I was really missing Arni’s pizza. The crust is made by The Grainless Baker. The crust of course has a rice base, but also has gelatin to give the dough a little bit of air. The herbs in the crust of the pizza, help hide the flavor of the rice. See the full ingredients list by clicking here.

I think the gelatin gives the crust a chewy texture, instead of the crispy crunchy Arni’s crust I remember. However, the gelatin also seems to keep the crust from crumbling apart or sagging from the weight of the toppings. I thought that this is probably as good of a pizza I’m going to get going gluten-free. It definitely beats Monical’s Gfree pizza, hands down. Monical’s pizza doesn’t reheat vary well; It always ends up tasting heavily of rice. I reheated my leftovers from Arni’s in my toaster oven for dinner and it was just as good as it was at lunch. I’ll be back for this I’m sure. Once you finish your pizza, make sure you try the Gluten-Free Caramel Cheesecake! It is delicious.

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Fluorosis or Fibromyalgia?

January 8th, 2011
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Photo of Anti-Fluoride Protest Signs by Ben Kraal. creative commons license non-commercial use

Just yesterday the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new recommendations for the amount of Fluoride that should be in our drinking water. In 1962, the recommended range was set at 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter. Now it is being recommended that amount of Fluoride added to our drinking water be lowered to 0.7 milligrams, the lower end of the range.

The change is being made now, according to an administration official, because the current range is out of date. He said that in the 1960s, when fluoridating water began, air conditioning was much less common. So children in hotter regions drank more water and needed lower levels of fluoride to protect their teeth, while children in colder climates drank less water and needed higher levels.

“Now since air conditioning is so common,” the official said, “you don’t see those differences in consumption, and that’s why they’re getting rid of the range and recommending one level.”1

By their own logic, shouldn’t they be recommending the higher dose of Fluoride? But you see the problem is children and adults are now getting too much Fluoride from a variety of sources, not just drinking water. A child could get more than the recommended daily allowance just by swallowing too much of the wrong kind of toothpaste, but you will also find fluoride lurking in a variety of processed foods and beverages2.

Dentists are seeing an increase in Fluorosis, which causes permanent pitting and loss of enamel on teeth. Paul Connett, executive director of the Fluoride Action Network states that “Our kids are being overexposed. They are getting four times more fluoride than the original promoters of fluoridation intended.”3 Although the new levels have been sent to the Federal Register, it is likely the final verdict on the matter will not be expected until this spring. Even then, it is up to local agencies to regulate the levels they put into their drinking water.

The Environmental Working Group has been working on exposing the dangers of water Fluoridation since 2005, when it found that a Harvard professor conducting a fluoridation safety study had ignored research by Dr. Elise B. Bassin that had suggested that boys who drank fluoridated water were five times more likely to develop bone cancer than those who drank unfluoridated water. Besides being linked to bone cancer, exposure to Fluoride is also linked to neurotoxicity and disruption of thyroid function4. Could Fluoride also be linked to Fibromyalgia?

Many of the symptoms association with Skeletal Fluorosis are similiar to some of those associated with Fibromyalgia, including, sporadic pain, stiffness of joints, chronic joint pain, arthritic symptoms and limitation of joint movement5.

More Resources:
Fluoride Questions and Answers (PDF)
Fluoride Action Network
How to Avoid Fluoride

  1. Government Recommends Lowering Fluoride Levels in U.S. Drinking Water at []
  2. The Fluoride Glut: Sources of Fluoride Exposure []
  3. Fluoride in Drinking Water Should Be Capped, HHS Says []
  4. Health/Toxics: Fluoride by the Environmental Working Group []
  5. Skeletal Fluorosis on Fibrotalk []

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Udi’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

January 3rd, 2011

As I was walking through the grocery store tonight to pick up some milk, I passed by the Udi’s display and saw a new product…Chocolate Chip Cookies! I was so excited that I bought a pack and I obviously couldn’t wait until I got home to try one. I got in my car and opened the pack expecting a nice soft chewy chocolate chip cookie.

Unfortunately these cookies are not soft like Udi’s awesome gluten free bread. I was a bit disappointed with my purchase, but decided to try softening the cookies by warming them up in the microwave. After dinner I put three in the microwave for about 30 seconds and they softened up a bit. Tomorrow I will try dipping them into milk, but they are a tough cookie….don’t chip your tooth if you try them! They have a great flavor, but they are a bit too crunchy for my liking. Try them out for $5.99.

UPDATE (01/16/11): So over the past couple of weeks I have purchased a few more packages of these cookies from different grocery stores. None have been as tough as the first pack that I purchased, but they are not as soft a cookie as I would like. The molasses in them does give the cookie a nice toffee flavor; I just wish they were softer cookies.

UPDATE (03/10/11): After two comments were received that these cookies are actually soft, I went and bought another package from my local Kroger. This is about my fifth package, however I haven’t purchased any in the past month because I had given up on these cookies. I think that Udi’s and Kroger must have resolved their issue of selling tough cookies because these were soft! I noticed that this package also had a sell-by date sticker, whereas the first four packages I purchased had a best freeze-by date printed on the side of the package. Now the packages also have a lot number. Kroger chain stores are apparently the only place that these Udi cookies may be purchased.

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