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Jules New Flour Blend

Posted July 28, 2014 By Sandy

I received an email from a reader asking about Jules new flour blend.

For those who were not aware, Jules Shepard started a new company and with the change, she also improved her flour blend.

Here is the message I received from my reader:

You wrote a email back awhile ago that said the following: “My new flour, which is the exact same blend as before, is non-GMO, is certified gluten-free and Kosher, and performs like an all purpose flour should. ”

I was not aware that you were using non-GMO ingredients previously! Can you tell us more about the non-GMO ingredients in your new flour blend?

Of course, I emailed Jules and asked about her new flour blend.  Here is her response:

In changing production facilities, I re-reviewed all my raw ingredients and Jules Shepardsuppliers and took the opportunity to make a tiny tweak to my flour that I think makes it even better! I also switched some ingredients to ensure non-GMO status ingredients. My new flour has an extended shelf life of 18 months and we also are packaging it into two bags instead of one large one, so folks can keep one sealed while they work with the other one, keeping the other bag fresher! Each individual ingredient is either non-GMO verified or certified by the manufacturer to be made without gmo ingredients. I hope that helps!

According to her website, this is the info I have on the new blend:

gfJules™ Gluten Free All Purpose Flour:

  • Also wheat-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free
  • Works in nearly every recipe
  • Now non-GMO
  • Made with only premium modified tapioca starch, potato starch, corn starch, corn flour, white rice flour, and xanthan gum
  • Longer 18-month shelf life
  • Produced in facility certified free of the Top 8 allergens
  • 2 sealed inner pouches keep flour fresher longer
  • Guaranteed to make you happy (really happy)

Makes me happy!  How about you??

PS.  You might want to check out her website for some wonderful recipes!

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GMO in the News

Posted January 11, 2013 By Sandy

Lots of happenings and articles around the GMO movement this week.

GMO or Genetically Modified Organisms — are becoming more wide spread in our food system and thus, more and more ‘side effects’ of these dangerous foods are coming to the attention of many important folks in the industry.

I am a big reader of Natural Society newsletters and website.  They have collected several 538414_401942659892178_631760898_nstories that I would like to share with you today.  But before I do, you might want to know why GMO has to do with Gluten Free Vegans.

Most of us care about what we eat.  We have dealt with the side effects of eating foods that we may be intolerant to — like gluten and/or dairy products.  Many of us turn to alternative foods such as corn and soy.  But guess what, corn and soy are the biggest GMO crops grown now — and if the trend continues, we may never have NON-GMO corn or soy again!!  So we ALL need to pay attention to what is happening to our food supply.

Now, for the articles:

The Necessary GMO Ban – Labeling GMOs Won’t Stall Monsanto

… As long as GMOs continue to be planted and utilized, the whole food chain is endangered. Enacting GMO Labeling implies co-existence with GMO and non-GMO crops. Monsanto convinces Whole Foods executives and other food distributors and merchants that GMO, non-GMO, and organic crops can share the turf – but this isn’t true.

The biotech people know this is a lie. If you view the videos sourced below, you’ll hear it from farmers who know from experience that co-existence is impossible, even with so-called buffer zones(an area between the two crop fields, in this case). Monsanto is a bully that lies, cheats, steals, and unmercifully harasses farmers and anti-GMO activists.

The articles goes on to explain how we need to take a stand and support our organic farmers against Monsanto, who has been refered to as the ‘Anti-Christ’ of food production.  Monsanto has suited numerous independent farmers for either cross-contaminating their crops or for using their own organic seeds! (Check out an article here on the subject !  More in the next post.).  We, as consumers, need to support these farmers to continue growing organic produce without Monsanto’s interference.  (Make sure to check out the website for links to interviews with various farmers).

Hundreds Protest Demanding Monsanto End Intimidation Campaign Over GMOs and Obama Halt Approval of GE Foods

… Thirty-one family farmers, plaintiffs in the landmark lawsuit OSGATA et al v. Monsanto, traveled to Washington, D.C. from across America to attend the U.S. Appeals Court hearing and protest to demand the right to farm without the threat of harassment by the world’s largest biotech seed company. Monsanto has sued or settled in court with more than 844 family farms since 1997 over “patent infringement” after their seeds naturally spread to nearby farms.

The article says that 300 people marched on the White House, protesting Monsanto’s intimidation as well as asking for a halt to the ‘Frankenfish’ GMO salmon.

5 Steps for Avoiding and Detoxing the Bt-Toxin Found in GMO Crops

While research is ongoing, there is growing evidence that Bt triggers an immune response in humans and animals. It elevates antibodies associated with allergies, infections, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and cancer, just to name a few. Even more frightening, it can now be found in the majority of people on traditional Western diets—both in them and their unborn fetuses.

How can we detox the toxin? Simple – here are 7 steps to help you begin:

  • Buy organic, GMO-free foods.
  • Consume probiotics and fermented foods – By ensuring your gut bacteria is in good health, your body is better able to combat invaders like the toxic pesticide chemicals.
  • Consume fiber-rich foods – The more fiber you eat, the faster things move through your body. And good sources of natural fiber (i.e. organic fruits and vegetables) don’t only take the food waste with them. Fiber helps clean the toxins from your body as well. …
  • Sweat – Through sweating, waste is removed through pores on the skin. Aim to sweat at least fifteen minutes every day. …
  • Filter your water – By using s high quality water filtration system, such as a reverse osmosis unit, pesticides and other contaminates can be removed from your everyday drinking supply.

Pretty simple tips to help guard against ANY toxins in your body.

Last, but not least, check out the trailer for a new movie to be released next month:

New Documentary ‘Shade the Motion Picture’ to Feature Anthony Gucciardi on GMOs, Fluoride

More information on GMOs on my Pinterest board 

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Celebrities Support GMO Labeling

Posted November 15, 2012 By Sandy

The GMO Labeling issue is growing in support as many folks and celebrities are getting behind the cause.  I am thrilled as I prefer to have choices so I can make intelligent decisions about the food I eat.  Of course, will all the issues I had before become Gluten Free and Vegan, it only makes sense for me (and the rest of us) to watch what we eat just as much (if not more) than how much we eat.

Just Label It has recently released this video of Celebrities who Support GMO Labeling.

… three-minute video featuring a slew of artists, actors, chefs, and other well-known celebrities voicing their support for labeling GMOs and our right to know.

To name a few: Michael J. Fox from Spin City and Family Ties, Julie Bowen from Modern Family, Tom Colicchio from Top Chef, Emily VanCamp from Revenge, and Chevy Chase. That’s right — some pretty famous folks are on our side and raising awareness about labeling. I thought you’d enjoy watching what they had to say in this fun video featuring new music from Ziggy Marley.

If you would like to take action in favor of GMO labeling, check out their website:  Just Label It/Take Action!

I find it very disappointing that some of the brands I have known, used and love supported Monsanto’s group on No on GMO Labeling during the voting on Proposition 37 in California.  If you are interested in knowing, or boycotting, these products, here they are:

For more information on the GMO issue, check out the following links:

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GMO Labeling Proposition 37 Defeated in California

Posted November 7, 2012 By Sandy

Upon waking up this morning and finding out that President Obama had won his re-election to the Presidency, I wanted to know if Proposition 37 passed in California.

If you were not aware, Prop 37 is the first potential legislation requiring the labeling of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) in our foods.

The Proposition states:

(a) California consumers have the right to know whether the foods they purchase were produced using genetic engineering. Genetic engineering of plants and animals often causes unintended consequences. Manipulating genes and inserting them into organisms is an imprecise process. The results are not always predictable or controllable, and they can lead to adverse health or environmental consequences.”  (Read the full Proposition)

Unfortunately, Prop. 37 failed!  Upon reading through some of the commentaries and news stories, there were several reasons why it failed.

The Scientist reported on October 30, 2012 that the American Association for the Advancement of Science was against Prop. 37 stating ….

Slapping labels on genetically modified (GM) foods is a bad idea, according to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The science advocacy organization’s executive board approved a statement on October 20th saying that requiring such labels, as a ballot measure in California seeks to do, could “mislead and falsely alarm consumers.”

“Consuming foods containing ingredients from GM crops is no riskier than consuming the same foods containing ingredients from crop plants modified by conventional plant improvement techniques,” the AAAS executive board wrote. “The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the US National Academy of Sciences, the British Royal Society, and every other respected organization that has examined the evidence has come to the same conclusion.

UC Davis News and Information reports the following:

University of California, Davis, School of Law researchers caution …

“While Proposition 37 generally captures the spirit of the genetically engineered food labeling movement, it also contains several exemptions and ambiguities that have made it a controversial measure facing California voters,” says Miles Hogan, an environmental law fellow for the California Environmental Law and Policy Center at the UC Davis School of Law. “If the initiative is enacted, those important questions will have to be resolved through regulators’ interpretation or in the courts.”

While not taking a position on the initiative, the report noted that the initiative’s language will likely face litigation challenges over such issues as whether Proposition 37’s labeling requirements and advertising restrictions constitute a violation of the First Amendment — regulating speech both by prohibiting and by compelling certain statements by the food sellers, especially the provision that prohibits “natural” claims.

So what does all this have to do with Gluten Free Vegans?  Plenty, I say!  As a non-wheat eater, Gluten Free folks often consume more corn, soy and other grains.  If you read my blog last month on GMO and Gluten Free Foods, you’ll know that corn, in particular, is almost 100% GMO (unless organic) and soy is not too far behind!  (Read what the Organic Authority has to say about soy and GMO).

Pass or Failed, Prop. 37 challenged us all to look at GMO food more closely.  Sometimes, consumer awareness is just the start of a positive movement in the right direction, in my opinion!  And in the second round, we will be better prepared!

Although Prop 37 failed in California,  we still have a voice in this controversy.  Just Label It:  We have a Right to Know … if our food has been generically engineered is still fighting for GMO labeling.  Check out their website and fill out the form called, Tell the FDA, to voice your opinion.  Like their Facebook Fan Page!

The Non GMO Project is another organization to follow if you want to make your voice heard!  Subscribe to their news letter and check out their Non-GMO food list.  Like their Facebook Fan Page and stay on top of the developments.

We have not heard the last of this issue!




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GMO and Jule’s Gluten Free Flour

Posted October 29, 2012 By Sandy

Last week, I posted a survey by fellow blogger, Priscilla Matuson, writer of A Gluten-Free Vegan Mom Who Knows.  My post on the subject and links to Priscilla’s are here.  According to Priscilla’s survey, Jules was one of the few Gluten Free flour companies that admitted to having GMO ingredients in their products.

Needless to say, as a lover of all cookbooks, products and posts by Jules Shepard, I was distressed to hear her response to Priscilla.  After all, her flour was one of the first Gluten Free flours I purchased and used for myself.  And I followed her blog and purchased her e-cookbooks (she has excellent recipes).  She was a great help to me.

To satisfy my own curiosity, I contacted Jules myself to see what she had to say about the GMO ingredients in her products.  Here is some of the things she shared with me:

5 out of the 6 ingredients in my flour are non-GMO and the supplier of the 6th one can’t verify, but certainly doesn’t say they have GMOs. We are working to find another supplier for that one ingredient because I personally want all my ingredients to be confirmed non-GMO. If a consumer goes to the store and buys flour or crackers or cookies or cereal … off the shelf, they almost never know if they contain GMOs. We will start seeing more labeling, but most ingredient suppliers haven’t ever been called upon to say whether their ingredients are GMO free or not, so they don’t know. Our food supply labeling is changing, and things will start to change for consumer products on the shelf, as well, but at this point, most GF products aren’t labeled non-GMO …

… It’s understandable that those who are not in the business of food manufacturing would not know how long it takes to find, confirm continued inventory, test and switch an ingredient. It’s unfortunate, but the change probably can’t happen until the first of the year — though that is still going to be much faster than many other companies who are just learning about the demand for GMOs. …

…we are doing our best to do all the right things. I feed my family with my products, too, and I would never do anything to jeopardize anyone’s health.

I appreciate Jules candid comments and I also appreciate Priscilla’s desire to bring forth awareness of the GMO issue!  But as a food producer myself, I know, like she says, it take time to change suppliers and recipes along with the time to have products tested and approved for sales to the public.  Unfortunately, manufacturer’s are currently NOT required to list GMO ingredients on their labeling.  This can greatly affect folks like Jules (and other small Gluten Free producers) who may not have any idea as to whether or not her ingredient supplies are non-GMO!

In my opinion, the issue is making sure GMO ingredients are made known  by having them included in the labeling.  We, as a health conscienous group, need to support organizations such as Non-GMO Project and the Right To Know Organization so we will all know what we are eating.

In the meantime, it will take time to make the change.  Let’s continue to support those companies who are doing their best to bring us good wholesome non-GMO Gluten Free foods!


NOTE:  Both Jules and Priscilla live in the path of the Frankenstorm (Hurricane Sandy).  Let’s remember them this week and hope that they are safe!

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GMO in Gluten Free Flour

Posted October 26, 2012 By Sandy

Eating a Gluten Free is no good if you are not eating a HEALTHY Gluten Free Diet.  Eating GMO Gluten Free ingredients is not a healthy diet as there are many questionable effects of GMO foods.  (NOTE:  To find out more about GMO, check out the Non-GMO Project.)

A fellow blogger, Priscilla Matuson, writer of A Gluten-Free Vegan Mom Who Knows blog has been conducting her own study on GMO in Gluten Free Flour Mixes.  She has contacted several manufacturers and this is a summary of her findings:

Non-GMO (in their products):

Are They Really Non-GMO at This Very Moment (but are working on it):

Unfortunately, the only company that is not GMO Free is Jules Gluten Free.  Here is what she told Pricilla:

Jules’ Gluten Free: “No, Jules’ products are not organic or GMO free – sorry” (Reply from company: 19 October 2012).

When that blog post hit the Gluten Free community, several folks (including myself) contacted Jules Gluten Free to tell her if this information was true, they would not be purchasing her products.  I was particular distressed as I love and promote Jules Gluten Free flours and products.

Our contact with Jules probably didn’t sound too threatening, but yet, it looks like Jules was listening.  On last contact with Priscilla, she did say she was looking into eliminating the GMO corn in her flour.  So far no major announcement has been made, but we are a hoping she will follow through with her promise.

For more information, check out A Gluten Free Mom Who Knows two blog posts on the subject:

In the meantime, if you feel like you would like to get involved, contact Jules Shepard to tell her your feelings.  We can make a difference!

I will continue to post updates I as I find out more info!

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GMO and Gluten Free Foods

Posted October 12, 2012 By Sandy

I find it very annoying when people say, or worse yet, post on the web, that switching to Gluten Free is the healthiest thing they can do — regardless of what they eat.  There are plenty of bad gluten free foods out there that are far from healthy.   Of course, for us gluten intolerant or celiac folks , we don’t have a choice to whether or not we eat gluten.  But how about the QUALITY of the Gluten Free foods you are eating.  Did you know that LOTS of Gluten Free foods contain GMO.

GMO is a genetically modified organism  —  an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques.  If you have been following the news, studies have shown that GMO food can cause an array of nasty side effects including cancer and premature death.

Now, back to how Gluten Free foods contain GMOs.  If you don’t eat wheat, barley or rye, what is the next most common gluten free grain?  Corn!  And corn is the most likely grain to be GMO.

The following article by Mike Adams, editor of Natural News, explains further:

(NaturalNews) In the wake of all the recent revelations about the dangers of GMOs, a special warning needs to go out to all those health-conscious consumers buying “gluten-free” foods. As it turns out, most “gluten-free” foods sold in the USA contain genetically modified organisms.

Why is this so? Because the primary ingredient in most gluten-free foods is corn. And most corn-based foods are made with genetically modified corn. Around 85% of the conventional corn grown in the USA is genetically modified corn, and that corn is engineered to produce its own deadly insecticide right inside every grain.

When GM corn is harvested and made into gluten-free foods, the insecticide stays with it and resides in the gluten-free food. As a result, people who are buying gluten-free are often exposing themselves to the risk of toxicity from GM corn.

As Mike points out, the best way to avoid GMO and still eat corn based foods is to find  certified organic corn products.

Personally, my husband and I had big corn chip and taco eaters.  What do we do?  Costco carries a brand of organic corn chips that we buy regularly (sorry don’t remember the brand, but it is in a big brown bag).  Food for Life Brand makes a delicious organic sprouted corn tortillas that we use for our tacos — which you could also cut up and fry into chips.

Mike also suggests to check the labels on all the food you buy.  Unfortunately, companies are not required to put GMO ingredients on the label, so look for organic corn products.  (Watch the Proposition 37 Ballot Measure coming up in California.  Passage of this measure could be the starting point for a change in the labeling laws.) Mike says …

Do the ingredients include corn? Corn syrup? Maltodextrin? These are all corn derivatives, and if they’re not USDA organic, they’re likely to be genetically modified.Of course, this is NOT true outside the USA. GMOs are already banned in many countries, and GMO labeling laws exist in prominent nations around the world. This article is written solely for American consumers who remain inundated with genetically modified corn grown from the evil seed of Monsanto and other biotech seed suppliers.
In conclusion, eating Gluten Free is good, but we need to watch our labels to make sure our Gluten Free food is really the healthiest Gluten Free food.
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