TORONTO, Oct. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - About 8 million Canadians (22 per cent)
will be eating Thanksgiving dinner with a twist, a dietary one.
Thankfully the majority of Canadians (74 per cent) will be
accommodating the dietary needs of their friends and family this
Thanksgiving, according to a new survey commissioned by Udi's Healthy
Foods. These dietary needs include vegetarian (eight per cent),
gluten-free, raw food and low carbohydrate (five per cent each).
"Identifying foods that need to be eliminated for those who follow a
vegetarian diet is fairly easy to do," says Stephanie Clairmont,
culinary dietitian and nutrition coach who runs the Clairmont Digestive
Clinic in the Greater Toronto Area. "However, it's a bit more of a
challenge when it involves gluten, especially for those who do not
typically follow a gluten-free diet themselves. There are some
wonderful, great-tasting gluten-free products that can be substituted
in traditional recipes as an easy way for everyone to enjoy the meal
together. There's no need to cook separate dishes."
When asked to name three essential items for Thanksgiving dinner, turkey
is tops. Nearly three-quarters of respondents (74 per cent) say turkey
is the most essential dish, followed by mashed potatoes (46 per cent)
and stuffing (40 per cent).
Fifteen per cent of Canadians report being concerned or confused about
how to address special requirements at Thanksgiving. Only 6 per cent of
Canadians report being annoyed at making special accommodations or wish
the person would not attend.
For the willing, concerned, and confused, Udi's makes it easy with
gluten-free alternatives to classic holiday dishes. Include these
simple recipes in your Thanksgiving feast:
Here are a few fun Canadian gluten-free Thanksgiving stats - according
to Udi's recent poll:
Approx. 4.3 million Canadians (12.3 per cent) follow a gluten-free or
Of those who have made the switch, 21 per cent point to a gluten
intolerance and 15 per cent have done so to support a family member.
84 per cent of Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving.
British Columbians (10 per cent) are more likely than the national
average (5 per cent) to incorporate a gluten-free dish into their
Thanksgiving meal, followed by Albertans (6 per cent) and Ontarians (5
Twenty-four per cent of Canadians who are gluten-free or reduced report
cheating with bread.
Common Hidden Sources of Gluten at Thanksgiving- Check Labels Carefully:
Sauces, Seasoning and Marinades (Soy Sauce, Mustard, blended seasoning
Pumpkin Pie Crust
About Stephanie Clairmont, RD
Stephanie Clairmont is a culinary dietitian and president of the
Clairmont Digestive Clinic in Waterloo, Ontario. She is a speaker,
consultant, and cooking instructor on culinary nutrition and digestive
health. Struggling for years with IBS herself, Stephanie is passionate
about using delicious recipes and real food to help Canadians follow a
gluten-free diet. Stephanie believes that real, wholesome food is the
true key to health, from the way food is grown all the way to how it is
presented on the plate. She is a member of the College of Dietitians
of Ontario and Dietitians of Canada. Stephanie is the 2010 recipient of
the National Speaking of Food and Healthy Living Award.
Udi's Healthy Foods LLC (Udi's) is a leader in the fast growing market
for gluten-free foods in North America. Udi's markets a diversified and
growing range of gluten-free products under the well-recognized Udi's
Gluten Free Foods brand in the retail market, and since mid-2011, food
service channels. Udi's Gluten Free Foods is a leading brand in
gluten-free bread and bakery products. In addition, Udi's markets other
gluten-free products in the frozen pizza and granola categories.
From July 19th to July 22nd 2013 an online survey was conducted among
2,530 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum
panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is
+/- 1.95%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically
weighted according to education, age, gender and region (and in
Quebec language) Census data to ensure a sample representative of the
entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals
are due to rounding.
Image with caption: "Udi's gluten-Free Cranberry Walnut Stuffing (CNW Group/Udi's Healthy Foods LLC)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131006_C7601_PHOTO_EN_31744.jpg
Image with caption: "Udi's gluten-Free Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Pie (CNW Group/Udi's Healthy Foods LLC)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131006_C7601_PHOTO_EN_31745.jpg
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SOURCE: Udi's Healthy Foods LLC
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