There have been some interesting articles about the gluten free life popping up in my news feed this week. In this round up, we look at gluten free makeup, the saddest gluten free airline meal ever, and the possibility that a virus may trigger celiac disease.
Gluten free makeup: brands to consider
Huffington Post Canada is sharing 7 brands hot on the gluten free makeup trend. I’ve heard of Tom’s of Maine and Lipsense, but the rest of these are new to me. At least two of them are UK-based, so my friends across the pond have some options too! Most doctors say gluten can’t be absorbed through the skin, but people like Jennifer Esposito have reported reactions to shampoos, so one can’t be too careful. Plus, we probably accidentally eat a lot of lipstick.
Sad airplane food
I’ve had some pretty sad gluten free meals in my life, but this is a whole new low. The New York Post reports on a man who received a lone banana as his breakfast on a recent All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight. The poor guy says his fellow passengers laughed at the sad “meal.”
We all know about the emergency banana, but they couldn’t come up with something better? Eggs, mushrooms, and yogurt (all included in the “regular” passengers’ meals) are all safe. But good luck trying to get allergen information about the regular meals – the flight crew doesn’t have access to any information about that (I’ve tried.) Airlines really need to do better. In the meantime, protect yourself and travel with your own food!
Could a virus trigger celiac disease?
NPR reports on a new study which links a virus to the development of celiac disease. Reovirus, a common childhood viral infection, may influence the development of celiac disease when it’s introduced to the body at the same time as gluten. Celiacs were found to have much higher levels of reovirus antibodies in their systems as non-celiacs, creating another potential link between the two.
While there’s much work to be done to definitely prove that the virus causes anything, it provides an interesting possibility for preventing celiac disease. If linked, perhaps a vaccine against the reovirus could prevent future celiac cases. It’s certainly an interesting development in the field.
Do you use gluten free makeup? Or, tell me about your saddest airline meal in the comments!