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David Evans

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Sunday, 16 January 2011

Wheat, rye and barley a cancer risk

Cereal Killers: Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free A to Z
This post includes a summary of a paper published in Medical Hypotheses 1997 Sep;49(3):285-8 and a recipe for coconut milk and curry frittata.

Study title and author:
Considering wheat, rye, and barley proteins as aids to carcinogens.
Hoggan R.

This paper can be accessed at:

To maintain their health people with celiac disease have to avoid food which contain gluten such as wheat, rye barley and oats.

Gluten is implicated in the increased incidence of cancer of white blood cells in celiac disease, and the risk of developing this malignancy is 40-100-fold greater than in the general population.

Hoggan believes that gluten may also be at the root of this cancer in another section of the population as well. Molecules called Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) factors may be involved in this process.

Human Leukocyte Antigens are found on the surface of cells and are involved in removing bacteria and viruses. There are many different types of HLA and people with the types; HLA - DR3, HLA - B8 and HLA - DQ2 are prone to celiac disease. About 20 -30% of the population have these types of HLA.

Hoggan explains that gluten is leaked into the bloodstream in people with these particular HLA's which then increases the risk of cancer in the white blood cells. So, as well as celiacs having this increased risk, up to 30% of the general population have as well.

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Recipe of the day

Coconut Milk and Curry Frittata

7 eggs
½ red onion, finely diced
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
3 Dozen Fresh Farm Eggs
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¼ cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Sea salt to taste

Heat the coconut oil in a medium sized skillet, add the onions and cook until the onions begin to caramelize. While the onions are cooking whisk together the eggs, coconut milk, tomato paste, curry powder and salt. Rowan helped me whisk and then I used a hand held mixer to make sure all the ingredients were well blended. Add the spinach to the onions and oil and cook until the spinach is wilted. Evenly spread the onion and spinach mixture over the bottom of the skillet and pour in the egg mixture. Cover and cook over medium low heat for 4 minutes. Transfer the frittata to the oven and cook under the broiler uncovered for another 2 -3 minutes or until the frittata is cooked all the way through. Slice like a pizza and serve.

Coconut Milk and Curry Frittata