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Functional Nutrition Blog

How To Make Sweet Potato Pancakes

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Apr 26, 2013 6:00:00 AM

I previously shared a recipe I learned in Costa Rica for making Grain-Free Yucca Buns. Also on that trip to Costa Rica I came accross sweet potato flour. This is a grain-free (gluten-free) alternative to traditional pancakes. And the sweetness of the flour makes what I think is a far superior pancake to the old-school flapjacks. Try this recipe at home, you won't be disappointed!

Sweet Potato Pancake Recipe

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Topics: whole foods, gluten sensitivity

What Is Leaky Brain Syndrome?

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Sep 20, 2012 6:00:00 AM

Do you have unexplained brain fog, trouble concentrating, memory problems, or constant anxiety? You may have what is called a leaky brain. I've previously explained what a Leaky Gut is, but what is a leaky brain?

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Topics: brain health, anti-aging, gluten sensitivity, top posts

Grain-Free Yucca Buns Recipe

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Apr 10, 2012 6:00:00 AM

I can't lie and say that I don't miss eating bread on my grain-free diet. I am Latino and Italian, both of which are great bread eaters. My family in Costa Rica made bread for the whole town of Puriscal for decades. Bread is in my blood. I've probably eaten enough bread for two lifetimes if I was honest about my previous consumption. Nonetheless, I experience health problems when I eat grains or foods made from grain flours. So I've had to adjust my life in order to feel better and live longer.

On my last trip to Costa Rica early this year I discovered that they make many non-grain flours there. I was suprised to learn that a traditional cheese bread eaten in many Latin American countries is actually grain-free! Pan de Yuca (yucca buns) are a delicious grain-free cheesey bread that can be eaten on a grain-free diet. It may not be for the strict Paleo Dieter because it is somewhat processed and does have cheese. But I've made adjustments to the recipe to make it healthier and less allergy provoking.

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Topics: whole foods, macronutrients, gluten sensitivity, diet direction

Healthy Thyroid Function, Part 2

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Sep 19, 2011 6:00:00 AM

In part 2 of our series Healthy Thyroid Function we will learn what a healthy thyroid is supposed to do (Read Part 1). This complicated little butterfly shaped organ is quite remarkable in its function and influence on our health.

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Topics: gluten sensitivity, weight management, immune health, endocrine health, lifestyle

Healthy Thyroid Function, Part 1

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Sep 9, 2011 6:00:00 AM

The butterfly shaped organ that wraps around our throat is called the thyroid gland. This seemingly indescript organ can actually have a tremendous effect on our health. It's function is somewhat complicated, and disorders of the thyroid are very often overlooked or downplayed. This occurs in spite of the prevalence of thyroid disorders in our society.

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Topics: gluten sensitivity, weight management, immune health, endocrine health, lifestyle

The Health Benefits Of Quinoa

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Aug 24, 2011 6:00:00 AM

You may be surprised to see an article about quinoa by a grain-free guy like me. But in actuality quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is not a grain but a seed. It is one of the least problem-causing "grains," can be  tolerated by most gluten sensitive individuals and is even accepted by some Paleo eaters (those who stretch the rules). It is a gluten-free grain that is versatile and has many health benefits with its strong nutrition status.

Quinoa is actually the seed of an herbaceous plant related to spinach and Swiss chard. The most popular seeds are a tan or yellow color. But several varieties and colors exist from black, to red, orange purple and pink. It has a rich nutty flavor with a tasty crunch.

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Topics: whole foods, micronutrients, gluten sensitivity, diet direction

Gene Tests Determine Risk For Celiac Disease

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Aug 1, 2011 6:00:00 AM

The human genome project, which set out to map the DNA of the human being has led to many great advances in health and science. Scientists set out to identify the approximately 25,000 genes in human DNA. They've been able to pinpoint the genes and patterns responsible for how each one of us will uniquely turn out. The mapping of the genome was completed some time in 2003, years before they had expected to finish.

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Topics: genetics, gluten sensitivity, immune health

Traditional Tests For Celiac Disease Are Failing

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Jul 19, 2011 6:00:00 AM

The traditional medical approach that tests for Celiac Disease has been effective at identifying only a small percentage of those affected by Gluten Sensitivity. Current research is telling us this approach is outdated, and new more effective testing can identify the greater population that may need to avoid the gluten protein for life.

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Topics: gluten sensitivity, immune health

18 Gluten Cross Reactive Foods

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Jul 11, 2011 6:00:00 AM

In our continued discussion about Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease one must discuss the large percentage of individuals that do not improve on a strict gluten-free diet. Existing amongst many of those with gluten sensitivity is a cross reactivity issue with other dietary proteins. This means the immune system will react with other proteins as if they were gluten.

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Topics: gluten sensitivity, top posts, food sensitivities

8 Tips For Avoiding Gluten Cross Contamination

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Jul 6, 2011 6:00:00 AM

In a previous post I discussed how many gluten-free grains and seeds become cross-contaminated by gluten. But this isn't the only concern with cross-contamination for those with Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity. Any gluten-free food can become cross-contaminated by gluten and ultimately cause a reaction in a sensitive individual. Sensitive individuals include those with Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity or many of the related conditions and autoimmune diseases.

Not only are refined and factory produced foods in danger of becoming cross-contaminated with gluten, but homemade foods and restaurant prepared foods as well. It is important to remember that although small and seemingly insignificant amounts of gluten may seem harmless to most, these minute amounts may add up enough to cause an immune reaction in a gluten sensitive person. And this immune reaction is known to last up to six months after contact with gluten.

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Topics: whole foods, gluten sensitivity, immune health