Thursday, September 26, 2013

How Common is Celiac Disease?

Do you have celiac disease because of your ethnicity? Yesterday I would have said, no, absolutely not. But after reading the article, “Celiac disease may vary by ethnicity,” I learned  it may be otherwise. According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Gastronomy, celiac disease may be more prevalent among non-Hispanic whites then any other ethnicity in America. According to the study it is also more common among women then men. The study was conducted by researchers from the Mayo Clinic to study the prevalence of celiac disease. This disease is an auto-immune disorder that will destroy the intestines if gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barely, is digested. Individuals who have celiac disease find relief from intestinal pains, fatigue, and other symptoms, when they completely cut gluten from their diets.

Researchers of the study inspected blood tests from a nationally representative sample of almost 8,000 individuals to find the prevalence of celiac disease. They found indicators of celiac disease in 35 participants, twenty-nine of whom had not previously been diagnosed with the disorder. Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist and co-author of the study Alberto Rubio-Tapia said, “Virtually all the individuals we found were non-Hispanic Caucasians” and “that is something we don't fully understand.” The study suggested that 1 in every 100 non-Hispanic whites, and 1 in every 141 people in the United States are affected by celiac disease.

The gluten-free trend has become popular across that nation for a variety of reasons, including an increase of digestive disorders and a belief that going gluten-free is more healthy. Despite this, our current understanding of celiac disease is very limited. Co-author of the study Joseph Murray said, “There are a lot of people on a gluten-free diet, and it's not clear what the medical need for that is.

Dietitians have suggested that many products without gluten are low in nutrients, especially fiber and iron. This is because manufacturers often rely on rice four, corn starch, potato starch, and tapioca starch for a cheap gluten-free combination ( Fortunately, Kay's Naturals has created more health conscious gluten-free products. We pack all of our products with protein rich soy and other all-natural ingredients so that each serving size has 12 grams of protein, as well as fiber and iron. To learn more about Kay’s Natural products visit our website.

Although additional research is needed on celiac disease and other gluten related illnesses, we are happy to know that convenient and healthy food options are available to those who are gluten-free. We hope more gastroenterologists conducts such studies to shed much needed light on the prevalence of celiac disease and how it affects us.

To read the complete article “The Prevalence of Celiac Disease in the United States” visit the website here.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Good News for Gluten-Free Newbies!

Gluten has become a major stable in the majority of American diets. Dairy and meat products are the only major food commodities American eat more than flour products. In 2009, the average American consumed 607 pounds of dairy and and 437 pounds of meat, fish, eggs and poultry. Flour product consumption for that same year was 194 pounds. (according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012 ). That is a 34% increase in flour product consumption from 1980.

Is it any wonder that individuals with gluten sensitivity have a bit of shock when they find out they can no longer eat any wheat, rye, barley, malt or oats ? Wheat flour is an increasing staple of the American diet. We've grown to love cereal for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and rolls and butter at dinner. It can seem like a swift kick to the gut to say goodbye to grandmother's cookies or your favorite waffles. At Kay's Naturals, we empathize with you. We've compiled the best way to get over the gluten-free blues and embrace the new (and better!) diet that will have you feeling stronger and more alive in no time.

Tip #1: Research, research, research.

At first it may seem impossible to maintain your normal lifestyle if you cannot eat gluten. You may think you can't have a normal lunch with your friends, enjoy Christmas desserts, or go on a stress-free vacation. NONE of this is true. Researching gluten substitutes will show you a whole new world of options, including some of the best brownies you've ever tasted! Buy a cookbook, find stores with wheat-flour substitutes, and keep your eyes peeled for gluten-free labels. We suggest doing an Internet search for restaurants with gluten-free options. The abundance of gluten-free options will surprise and delight you.

Tip #2 Find a team to rally around.

Engage other gluten-free individuals and take notes. They'll have tried and true ways to adjust to the new lifestyle. Join a support group, in person or online to vent frustrations, find inspiration, and get convenient tips.

Tip #3 No excuses for cheating.

Lets be honest, at first dumping the wheat habit will seem like a sour break up. Be firm and clear about your goals from day 1. Your new diet is to make you healthier and feel better. The sooner you cut the cord with gluten the easier it will be and the better you will feel. This will require a positive “I can do it!” attitude. Ask your family and friends to be your personal cheerleaders. Also remember, with time the attachment to gluten will become easier. New habits are formed in a month. So stick with your new lifestyle fast and true for a month (while being patient with yourself if you make mistakes), and suddenly you won't even think of being gluten-free as a burden or a chore. It will be the most obvious and easiest choice you can make.

Tip #4: Find what works for you

After a few weeks of research, taste testing, finding people to support you, and forming gluten-free habits, you will know what works best for you and eating will be simple again. For many gluten-free eaters having easy on-the-go options are important when gluten-free options are not readily accessible. It's also important to eat what tastes good and feels good to the body. That is the goal of Kay's Naturals products. We're a certified gluten-free facility so you will never have to worry about cross-contamination. With our all-natural ingredients, high protein and low sugar levels; we're the best on-the-go snack on the market. Do yourself a favor and buy a sample pack to find out what product you enjoy the most. To shop online click here.

Tip #5: Get a welcome package for yourself!

Start your gluten-free life on the right track with a heartwarming and mind informing welcome package by signing up here:

We warmly welcome you to contact Kay's Naturals, Inc. with any questions or concerns. We wish everyone happy eating and gluten-free living!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Treating Diabetes

More than 280 million people around the world suffer from diabetes, with a prevalence of 6.4% of the global population. According to the article, “Diabetes Management in Seven Countries,” in the World Health Organization’s Bulletin; many individuals afflicted with diabetes remain inadequately treated or not diagnosed. The vast majority of individuals with diabetes did not reach the International Diabetes Federation treatment objectives for blood glucose levels, blood pressure or serum cholesterol. Only 1% or 12% of the people with diabetes in the countries surveyed reached these objectives (page 5). Clearly, the lack of adequate management and poor prevention techniques of diabetes is a cause of major concern.

While these statistics are disconcerting, proven strategies to reduce the symptoms of diabetes are achievable: i) prevent harm through reducing risk factors such as obesity; (ii) diabetes screenings combined with lifestyle or pharmacological interventions for individuals with pre-diabetes; (iii) more accurate diagnosis and maintenance of healthy blood glucose levels; (iv) increased care of micro vascular complications and (v) lowering of cardiovascular risks through better management (page 1). Some strategies require the intervention of medical professionals and others are achieved by the individual's chosen lifestyles.

According to Professor Martin Wiseman, Medical and Scientific Advisor for World Cancer Research Fund, in Medical News Today; one of the best ways individuals can have healthy blood sugar levels is to reduce sugar intake. The food industry has added sugar to many food staples, including canned tomatoes, salsas, and meat. This has made lowing sugar consumption increasingly difficult as sugar is often eaten unintentionally or out of necessity. Thankfully, health conscious food companies have been created to provide healthy alternatives.

As many readers of this blog know, Dr. Massoud Kazemzadeh is the founder of Kay's Naturals. With the knowledge that that reducing glucose was a fundamental step towards maintaining healthy glucose levels, Dr. Kazemzadeh was inspired to create Kay’s Naturals for his first wife Linda, who was a juvenile diabetic. He witnessed the great need for convenient, but healthy, food choices. Fifteen years later, Kay’s Naturals provides fifteen different health food options, which are an excellent food choice for people with diabetes because of our products have a low glycemic index . To see what health food snacks we have developed, visit Kay’s Naturals’ website.

With the right tools, diabetic individuals can reach the International Diabetes Federation’s treatment and prevention goals. Hopefully the increase in healthy food options will lower the number of people burdened with diabetes and help those who have diabetes reach their nutritional targets for an increased well-being.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

What is Gluten Sensitivity

Do you suffer from bloating, fatigue, or abdominal pains?  Do you feel worse after eating wheat? Maybe you have a wheat allergy, celiac disease, or it’s just a placebo reaction due to the recent gluten hype? Different doctors define the same ailments with different names and contention exists over the validity of gluten sensitivity.

With all of the inconsistencies and conflicting opinions it is hard to find what is true about gluten sensitivity and intolerance. An article in the Wall Street Journal provides pertinent information on the recent gluten phenomenon. According to the article, doctors reported that for every patient with celiac disease, six to eight other patients have the symptoms of celiac disease but do not have the disease. One study analyzed the intestinal biopsies and blood samples of people with suspected gluten sensitivity to those with confirmed celiac disease and found distinct differences. Another study, also sited in the WSJ article, confirmed that the control group with suspected gluten sensitivity had much less discomfort when they did not digest gluten, than the control group who unknowingly ingested gluten.  The director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, Peter Green,  said, "It's only now that studies are coming out showing that there's something real about gluten sensitivity."

As mentioned in the WSJ article, one should suspect gluten sensitivity when suffering from bloating, diarrhea, constipation, or other celiac symptoms but do not have the disease.  The best test for gluten sensitivity is if symptoms improve on a gluten-free diet (be sure to be tested for celiac disease if you suspect your are sensitive to gluten).  Cynthia Kupper, director of the nonprofit Gluten Intolerance Group, suggests journaling to identify foods that cause discomfort. Kupper also pointed out that many gluten-free products have more fat and calories than other foods.

            Clearly, many people suffer from gluten sensitivity. If an individual is going to go on a gluten-free diet, what options do they have? Kay’s Natural’s entire line of products are gluten free, and cross contamination is impossible because nothing manufactured in our factory contains gluten. In addition to being gluten free, our food is low in calories and exceptionally high in protein and fiber. They are perfect for individuals who cannot eat gluten and view nutrition and health as a priority. My favorite gluten free snack from Kays Natural’s are the Cinnamon Toast Pretzel Sticks. They are crunchy, sweetened with Stevia, and full of cinnamon. This makes the pretzels a perfect guilt free afternoon snack. To learn more about us and to order our products, go our website. Enter the promotional code “blog” for a 30% discount. Who knew being gluten free could be so easy and delicious?