The latest gluten free news includes a new line of body care products, a misrepresented gluten-removed beer and snack box business news. Here’s your round-up of gluten free news for June 2016!
Jennifer Esposito promotes new gluten free body care line
New beauty brand Éclair Naturals has partnered with actress and celiac Jennifer Esposito to promote their hair and body care lines. According to their website, all Éclair products are” non-GMO verified, gluten free, soy free, cruelty free and vegan, and are made in our own facility in the USA.” They further explain that “all of our Éclair Naturals products, including those containing oats, are certified gluten free to less than 5 parts per million (the limitation of the testing equipment).”
Most experts agree that gluten can’t be absorbed through the skin, and say celiacs shouldn’t worry about using skin and hair care products that contain wheat or barley. They generally only suggest caution when dealing with items that could be ingested, like toothpaste or lipstick, or in cases where someone is allergic to wheat. However, you don’t have to search very far to find first-hand experiences from people that suggest otherwise, like this one from Gluten Free Friends. In fact, Esposito also says she reacted badly to gluten-containing soaps and shampoos. As with the debate over gluten-removed beer, I’d say trust your instincts and your body here.
While I don’t personally pay a great deal of attention to gluten in body care products, I do like that this line is cruelty free and vegan. It’s being sold at Rite Aid drugstores across the US as well as from the Éclair Naturals website. The prices are similar to Bath and Body Works – shampoos, body scrubs and lotions all come in around $10. They ship throughout the continental US (sorry, UK readers!)
As it’s quite a new brand, I wasn’t able to find any product reviews other than the fizzy bath cupcake. If someone tries these products out, please let me know! I will confess to being tempted by the Vanilla and Sweet Orange collection.
“World’s First Gluten Free Craft Beer” isn’t actually gluten free – or first
A number of articles have popped up recently about the world’s first gluten free craft beer being available in Texas Whole Foods Markets. I went straight to the source, a press release from Good Life Imports:
Good Life Imports, Inc. (GLI) today announced it has partnered with Austin-based Whole Foods Market to bring the world’s first 100 percent barley malt gluten-free beer to Texans. Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas Oy’s (LWT) innovative Kukko Pils beer is now available at the Colleyville store.
“Kukko Pils is unique because it is made with traditional ingredients for great taste, but uses a completely proprietary, natural method to remove the gluten,” said Rami Aarikka, [Chief Executive Officer] CEO of LWT.
As I’ve covered previously, Kukko Pils is considered a gluten-removed beer in the United States since it’s made from barley. In fact, Good Life Imports commented on my first gluten free beer story, promoting this beer as gluten free. Their new press release claiming this beer is gluten free, which is getting picked up by news agencies and restaurant industry websites, is dangerous and misleading. In fact, they wait until the sixth paragraph of the press release to call it a “low gluten product,” which is much more accurate.
The Finnish Celiac Society says it’s safe. Coeliac UK also says a ton of gluten-removed beers can be safely consumed by celiacs – including this one. But science simply doesn’t back that up – the testing methods used widely in Europe haven’t been proven, and the United States hasn’t accepted these methods as valid.
As for their claim that they were first, since they are not actually gluten free, by my count that honor goes to UK-based Green’s Beers.
As always, buyer beware when it comes to gluten free and gluten removed beers.
Snack box company Love with Food buys rival Send Me Gluten Free
US-based Love with Food, a delivery service featuring monthly healthy or gluten free snack boxes, has just acquired rival Send Me Gluten Free. This follows prior acquisitions of gluten free food services G-Free Foodie and Taste Guru. G-Free Foodie now curates Love with Food’s monthly gluten free box. Prices range from $19.99 to $24.99 per month, depending on the length of your subscription. Additionally, for every box they sell, they donate meals to a food bank – two for every gluten free box sold!
I have to admit I just heard about Love with Food a couple weeks ago in this article from In Johnna’s Kitchen. She does a great explanation of how it works and a video showing what all was in her latest delivery. (Plus she’s got a discount code, so go there to sign up if you’re thinking about it and save!)
I do really like the idea of a monthly snack box – I have been a Birchbox and Birchbox UK subscriber on and off over the last couple years, so taking my love of mystery boxes from beauty products to food seems like a no-brainer. I’m thinking about picking up a subscription now that I’m back in the US! For other options, here’s a round-up of gluten free boxes I found.
UK residents, fear not – there are lots of these types of gluten free boxes available. Check out Snackly for your own monthly gluten free subscription box (just £4.95 + shipping!) There are other services with gluten free and free from options as well – I’ve just never heard of them.
If you’re a snack box subscriber in any country, which one do you get, and do you like it? Tell me in the comments!
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