More mainstream grocery stores and retailers are carrying a variety of gluten-free products. In Minnesota, Target stores with grocery departments can offer hundreds of items. Sales are up from 30% to 50% at Cub Foods stores, and the chain's website helps consumers create shopping lists of gluten-free items.
A study of 1,018 confirmed celiac disease patients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston found the patients, who were eating a gluten-free diet, were less likely to be overweight than the general population, but average body mass increased among those eating gluten-free. Researchers suggested discussing weight maintenance as part of education for celiac patients.
Traveling is a little easier for people with celiac disease because hoteliers such as Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Omni Hotels & Resorts and Ritz-Carlton are offering gluten-free menus or food options, and even Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is taking requests on a guest-by-guest basis. The challenge for hotels is making sure their kitchens do not allow cross-contamination with regular foods, and chefs are getting help ensuring their recipes are gluten-free using analysis software called Nutritionist Pro by Axxya Systems.
Obesity rates worldwide rose from about 5% to almost 10% among men and from 8% to 14% among women from 1980 to 2008, according to data published in The Lancet. Americans were the most obese and Japanese were the least obese among developed nations, researchers noted. A separate report in The Lancet found that 50% of U.S. residents will be obese by 2030 based on current trends.
Sauer-Danfoss introduced an electrohydraulic steering unit for off-highway applications that simplifies hydraulic system architecture. The OSPE steering unit meets the latest safety standards such as ISO 25119 and the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. "Today's vehicles require versatile solutions that increase productivity, reduce operator fatigue and provide a safe, comfortable working environment," said Tom Rudolph, product portfolio manager at Sauer-Danfoss.