The Gluten-Free Food Report

Dr. Celiac, the Food Doc Reviews Gluten-Free Foods

Glutino Brand Gluten Free Chocolate Breakfast Bars and Coffee Starts Dr. Celiac's Morning

A gluten-free chocolate breakfast bar with a cup of coffee is what I had on my way out the door this morning. I was in a rush to head to my office today for our weekly meeting before beginning my day scoping patients and seeing my clinic full of people with celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, Crohn’s disease, mastocytic enterocolitis and food allergies.

Glutino makes a variety of tasty gluten-free products. I especially like their breakfast cereal bars especially the chocolate flavored ones. This gluten-free breakfast bar is made with dried fruits (raisins & dates), chickpea flour, cocoa powder, and cocoa liquor. They do contain ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and sodium bicarbonate along with a gluten-free natural flavoring. The box warns that they may contain sulphites and traces of nut and soy.

Given I start most days at the office by 7 AM a sit down breakfast is rare. Before I went gluten free I used to have a Boost, coffee, orange juice and a breakfast bar. That was before my wife was diagnosed with celiac disease three years ago and I found out I was gluten intolerant and genetically at risk for CD. Now I skip the Boost since I found out I am also casein sensitive. Boost was one of my lactose free sources of dairy protein before I discovered I was casein intolerant. After going gluten-free my lactose intolerance dramatically improved. However, I have found I must avoid casein as much as possible or else I suffer acne like skin eruptions, fatigue, joint aches and stiffness, especially in my hands from my years of performing endoscopy every day. Soy also causing me these symptoms.

At 120 calories a bar, with the Glutino gluten-free breakfast bar you get only 7 calories from fat and no saturated or trans fat. Though they do have 4 grams of fiber, they only provide you 3 grams of protein. They have 26 grams of carbohydrates and 17 grams of sugars. In my opinion they are no less healthy or dry than any gluten containing cereal bars I used to eat and taste just as good. Glutino also makes gluten-free breakfast bars in several other flavors such as apple, blueberry, and cranberry.

If your local grocer or health food store doesn't have these in their gluten-free section you can order them here by going to You can pick up some books I recommend including or you may be able to find them there. I have had good luck with Glutino brand foods Carol Fenster's Gluten Free Quick and Easy and Libonati's Recognizing Celiac Disease that I highly recommend. We have found the Glutino brand gluten free foods safe for our family and free from any signs of cross contamination.

Try dipping the chocolate flavored breakfast bars in a cup of hot coffee or cocoa for to moisten them up and you will have a gluten-free breakfast treat. You will need to make sure you get some protein though. I sometimes add a hard-boiled egg white with my morning orange juice and banana.

For those who live in the Colorado area I will be speaking several times in Colorado Springs and Denver in the month of January and February. On Thursday, January 24, 2008, I will be one of four speakers at the Spirit of Women, Women and Digestive Health Series. The event is sponsored by Memorial Health System, Colorado Springs and begins at 6 PM. My lecture is titled “Leaky Gut: The Role of Wheat, Dairy, Bacteria, and Yeast Play in Celiac Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome”. On Tuesday, February 12, 2008 I will be speaking to the Colorado Springs Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. My presentation will be on the role of nutrition and probiotics in the treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and on February 2008 I am speaking to the Denver Chapter of the Celiac Sprue Association. My presentation there will be on the diagnosis of Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, including the role of genetic testing and Enterolab stool tests.

Post a comment below to let me know what you think of the gluten-free food report and if this is helpful information. I am hoping to make a difference in your journey to a healthy gut and a healthy life!

With warm regards,

Dr. Scot Michael Lewey
“Dr. Celiac, the food doc”
1699 Medical Center Point
Colorado Springs CO 80907

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