Thursday, June 25, 2015

Gluten-Free Korean Food by Suji's Korean Cuisine

   Suji's Korean Cuisine: Taste of Korea
   "Born in Korea" "Made in America"

Amazingly Delicious Gluten-Free Korean Food

I was first introduced to Suji's Cuisine at the Natural Food Products West in March. Suji's was the favorite line of all those I was with at the Expo.  I waited to introduce it because it was not ready to launch in stores until now. 

Suji Park is a restaurateur who initially opened a New York style restaurant in Seoul. She has grown her business by expanding her restaurant chain and creating a food development company. Her food is influenced by Korea, Japan and the United States. Now she has created an all natural ingredient and gluten-free line of Korean Sauces and Meals. 

Suji's Gluten-Free Korean Food

Sauces: Gluten-Free
Korean Savory Sauce: Ingredients - Water, Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Rice, Salt),  Pear Puree (Pear Puree, Ascorbic Acid), Rice Vinegar (Water, Rice), Garlic, Tapioca Starch, Toasted Sesame Oil, Black Pepper, 

Korean Spicy Sauce:  Ingredients - Water, Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Rice, Salt), Brown Sugar, Pear Puree (Pear Puree, Ascorbic Acid), Rice Vinegar (Water, Rice), Garlic, Tapioca Starch, Toasted Sesame Oil, Red Pepper, Paprika Oleoresin, Black Pepper, 

Savory Bibimbap Sauce:  Ingredients - Water, Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Rice, Salt), Brown Sugar, Pear Puree (Pear Puree, Ascorbic Acid), Rice Vinegar (Water, Rice), Garlic, Tapioca Starch, Toasted Sesame Oil, , Black Pepper, 

Spicy Bibimbap Sauce: Ingredients - Water, Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Rice, Salt), Brown Sugar, Pear Puree (Pear Puree, Ascorbic Acid), Rice Vinegar (Water, Rice), Garlic, Tapioca Starch, Toasted Sesame Oil, Red Pepper, Paprika Oleoresin, Black Pepper.

Korean Cuisine: Spicy Pork: Ingredients - Pork, Water, Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Rice, Salt), Brown Sugar, Pear Puree (Pear Puree, Ascorbic Acid), Rice Vinegar (Water, Rice), Garlic, Tapioca Starch, Toasted Sesame Oil, Red Pepper, Paprika Oleoresin, Black Pepper, Rosemary Extract

Korean Cuisine: Savory Beef:  Beef, Water, Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Rice, Salt),  Pear Puree (Pear Puree, Ascorbic Acid), Vinegar, Dehydrated Garlic, Sesame Oil, Spice Extractive, Spice, Ascorbic Acid

Beef Bibimbap Rice Bowl: Korean Style Beef with Rice, Kale, Carrots, Red Bell Peppers, and Shiitake mushrooms

Kimchi & Pork Bulgogi Rice Bowl: Korean Style Pork with Rice, Kimchi, Onion, Green Onion,in Spicy Sauce

Friday, June 19, 2015

Did You Know Gluten May Be In Construction Materials?

I have Hashimoto’s, which is an autoimmune thyroid disorder. Due to the similar molecular structure of the thyroid and gluten, gluten is a major trigger for me. Like someone with Celiac, I have to avoid gluten at all cost. I never eat gluten (on purpose). I don’t use any personal care products containing gluten and I try not to breathe in gluten molecules.  
At the end of March, we discovered a leak under our kitchen sink. It caused a lot of damage, so 3 cabinets, the sink, and all the flooring needed to be removed and replaced.  The demolition didn’t affect me but as the rebuilding began, my “allergies” started to go crazy.  I thought it was the dust that construction creates.
I was partially correct.  By the 2nd week I was suffering from fatigue, a terrible cough, sinus issues, and a pain in the front of my neck that I thought was a sore throat. I went to 2 doctors. Both informed me I was suffering from a severe histamine overload.  They also told me the pain in my throat was my thyroid not my throat. My thyroid was so irritated and swollen that I was having difficulty swallowing.  
I knew I had not been “glutened” by food. The construction was nearly complete so it took me a day or two to realize there could be gluten in construction materials. I did a little digging and found a variety of articles about this:

Wheat flour is sometimes used in the plaster, plaster walls, drywall, glues of all kinds, chalk type products, to name a few. Wheat paste is used for “durability and stickiness.” The biggest issue is the plaster dust that lingers in the air for a long time and can travel all over the house. 
It has been 7 weeks and I am finally starting to feel better. I now have an air filter running in my house all the time. In addition, I have had to resort to nasal steroids and a myriad of supplements to support my thyroid and help reduce the histamine overload.
These are 3 of the websites I visited:
Synkro Niciti is an artist website. Author Kat McDaniel wrote, Gluten Sentsivity for Construction Workers, Artists and Children: Building and Craft Materials, which details issues about how she was effected by construction in her home. This article had solid research and facts about various construction materials.

Green Builder Elements explores "green" ways to create building supplies. The article, How To Plaster Walls: Natural Clay Plaster Finishes, suggests, "Additional additives such as wheat paste help increase durability and stickiness." 

Celiac.Com: Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free Forum has an ongoing thread about how plaster dust has effect people with DH(dermatitis herpetiformis) and Celiac Disease. 

I would like to hear from those of you out there who have had experiences with construction materials. I look forward to hearing from you. 

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

California Is Taking Away Parental Rights About Vaccinations : SB 277 & SB 792

This very detailed letter was sent to me by my friend who is as concerned as I am that the SB 277 & SB 792, California Law makers voted to pass a law that says it is NO LONGER the parents right to refuse vaccinations. If you don't have time to read it then please scroll to the bottom and copy the emails to all the legislators and send a quick email telling them what you think about this.

Thank you. 

Dear Family & Friends in California ~
I don't normally send out emails like this. But this is incredibly important to me, and if you care about retaining the freedom to have a say over what happens to your body, I hope you care about it, too. This is going to be long. As your friend, I am asking you to do me a huge favor and take the time to read it. THIS PERSONALLY AFFECTS YOU, whether or not you are the parent of a small child.

Yesterday, something happened at the Sacramento Capitol that you may or may not be aware of. California lawmakers, over hundreds of voices of protest, hours of oppositional testimony presented by two doctors and an attorney, voted to pass a bill that will strip parental rights and force people to vaccinate their children against their will. They voted on this draconian bill over the clear and loud voices of their constituents who were begging them not to. I watched it happen with my own eyes.
Whether or not you choose to vaccinate, whatever your feelings are over vaccinations, this bill is a terrible overreach on the part of the state. It will unfairly discriminate against lower income families. Parents who don't have the option to homeschool their children will effectively be forced to hand their child over to their pediatrician, sign a consent form against their will, and watch their kids undergo a medical procedure that they may have any number of reasons to disagree with.

If your child is one of the unlucky few and has a severe reaction and becomes permanently disabled or even dies, you have little to no recourse as a parent. You are 100% responsible for their bills. You have a snowball's chance in hell of winning in Vaccine Injury Court, which is is set up to be adversarial to parents and normally pays a pittance at best to people who have been injured or whose children have been killed by vaccines.
While the bill was watered down with a few amendments, it throws far too many people under the bus. Unless you have a child in kindergarten with a personal or religious exemption now (and if you want one, you better get it FAST), you will not be grandfathered in. Your only hope is to get a medical exemption.

There is no way to screen a child in advance for potential injuries. Until there is, it is unconscionable to force parents to take a risk that they are uncomfortable with and are 100% responsible for the consequences of if it goes south. If there is risk, there must be choice.
If you selectively vaccinate (even so much as withholding one vaccine), your child will not be able to attend daycare or school unless they are caught up to the current CDC schedule. There are hundreds of vaccines that are positioned to be added to the schedule and you will not have the choice to opt out of a single one of them unless your pediatrician agrees to give you a medical exemption. And most importantly - this bill will not prevent outbreaks. The measles outbreak last year came from the Philippines . Not a single school-aged child was affected, despite all the media hysteria and mainstream overreaction. I don't want to get into risk vs. benefits when it comes to vaccines and natural immunity from measles and other inflammatory diseases, but if you aren't already educated on the subject, start by researching how many deaths there have been in the US from measles over the last ten years. (Spoiler alert: the number is zero.) We do not have a public health crisis.
A little about medical exemptions. You only get them if your child has already suffered a severe reaction to a vaccine. I'm not talking about a rash. I'm not even talking about a seizure. Those are literally accepted as commonplace, acceptable reactions to vaccines and are often not reported. Doctors are not mandated to report adverse reactions anyway. The chances of parents obtaining medical exemptions are slim to none - and even then, it will normally only to be to the vaccine that the kid had a bad reaction to in the first place. Not the rest. The senators responsible for this horrible bill flat out lied yesterday to the assembly. It is not easy to obtain medical exemptions and no, most pediatricians will absolutely not give one to younger siblings if the older sibling had a reaction. Or, if like me, the parents have a history of adverse reactions.
A similar bill was recently defeated in my state - CA Senator Pan learned from the mistakes of Senator Steiner-Hayward and has used some very shady and unethical tactics to fast track this bill into law, including making sure oppositional voices in the senate didn't have the option to cast their no vote.
I want to be clear that this email is not being sent in the spirit of fear-mongering. I personally believe that vaccines can and do have their place in medicine and I have great respect for medical professionals. I believe in the use of allopathic and holistic medicine and acknowledge that they have saved and improved countless lives. If a parent decides that vaccinations are the best way to protect their children, I support and applaud that choice. It's their choice to make. The whole point is that it is up to the individual to decide the best course of healthcare for themselves and their small children. This bill seeks to strip that autonomy away. It lays the groundwork for doctors to make other decisions you might not agree with, including medicating you against your will. It's wrong, and it needs your help to stop it.
SB 277 is inches away from becoming law in California . The next step is for it be voted on the assembly floor and then it will be signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown unless he chooses to veto it. This is where you come in.
NO ON SB 277 NO ON SB 792
Full Assembly Email list (COPY PASTE the entire list to the BBC Field of your EMAIL to make contact in a batch email),,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Find out who your assembly representative is. CALL THEM. Ask to be put through directly to them. Be polite. Be clear that you are their constituent. Ask them to please vote no.
Email or write a letter to Governor Jerry Brown today. Ask him to veto this bill.
Finally, and most importantly, please hold this in the light and all of those who are being asked to vote or veto this bill, please see them as listening to the deepest wisdom and guidance possible as to how to handle this bill. I ask you to please join me in the intention of the bill being stopped before it becomes law. As a mother. As your friend. I ask you to stand with me as a unified field.

Deepest love and respect to you all~

Marian Z Geringer
eZ Gluten-Free Life
GF Consultant. Speaker and Author

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Gluten / Gluten-Free Ingredients in Japanese Food: An Update

An updated post from 5/14/14
For those adventurous chefs out there, here is what you need to know about cooking Gluten-Free Japanese food:

Basic Japanese Ingredients that contain gluten:
Fish Stock Powder (hon Dashi): Contains *MSG or Mono-Sodium Glutamate.
Japanese Mayonnaise: Ingredients vary and may contain Gluten.

Imitation Crab:Can be made with wheat 
Miso:  Miso is a blend of fermented beans and grains. These grains may be barley, wheat or rye and therefore contain gluten. Read label for all ingredients.
Panko: Made with Wheat
Rice Vinegar: May Contain *MSG or Malt Barley 
Sushi: Ingredients in sushi vary and could contain Gluten. Ask before eating
Sushi Rice: When cooked may contain rice vinegar or wheat
Tempura: Made with Wheat

Basic Japanese Sauces that contain gluten: 
Chili Sauce: Can Contain *Modified Food Starch
Fish Sauce: Ingredients vary from brand to brand - Read labels
Hoisin Sauce: Contains Wheat
Hontsuyu Sauce: Contains *MSG & Soy Sauce.
Black Bean Sauce: Contains gluten.
Oyster Sauce: Can contains *MSG and/or Wheat
Plum Sauce: Is usually gluten-free but read ingredients to be sure. 
Ponzu Sauce: Contains *MSG & Soy Sauce
Soy Sauce: Contains Wheat
Teriyaki Sauce: Contains Soy Sauce
Wasabi: Prepared in a tube and can contain lactose (dairy) It is usually gluten-free

Basic Japanese Ingredients that are Gluten-Free (GF):
Jasmine Rice: GF
Mirin Sauce:  GF
In theory, Mirin is fermented rice and does not contain gluten. Read the ingredients sometimes you will see other ingredients like Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein which does contain gluten. 
Nori Warps: GF
Potato Starch: GF
Saké: GF
Tamari Sauce: GF 

Eden Foods: Eden Mirin, GE Brown Rice Miso, Shiro Miso, 
Edward & Sons: Check out the link to see the variety of GF products they carry./
Kikkoman: Has many gluten-free Japanese products.

Mizkan: Mizkan Rice Vinegar, Mizkan Season Rice Vinegar, and Mizkan Mirin are Gluten -Free. Mizkan Ponzu is NOT gluten-free.
South River Miso: Eight varieties are made with non-gluten ingredients: Hearty Brown Rice, Dandelion Leek, Sweet Tasting Brown Rice, Azuki Bean Miso, Chickpea Miso, Golden Millet, Sweet White, Garlic Red Pepper Miso.
Mitsukan Rice Vinegar, Seasoned Rice Vinegar and Mirin ARE gluten free. Mitsukan Ponzu is NOT gluten free. - See more at:

Mitsukan Rice Vinegar, Seasoned Rice Vinegar and Mirin ARE gluten free. Mitsukan Ponzu is NOT gluten free. - See more at:

Go to Thank Heavens: The Gluten-Free Lifesaver, for a GF Hoisin Recipe  


* Modified Food Starch: In the United States Modified Food Starch is gluten-free, unless labeled otherwise. Modified Food Starch imported from another country will contain gluten.

*MSG or Mono-Sodium Glutamate is typically made with wheat especially if imported from another country.

* Soy Sauce can be replaced with Gluten-Free Tamari