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Calgary, AB (Jan. 9, 2013) - With approximately one in 133 people in Canada affected by celiac disease* and up to 40 per cent of the population with some form of gluten sensitivity**, SAIT Polytechnic's Culinary Campus is offering two classes to help people keep gluten out of their at-home cooking.

Chef Adrian Jemmett is offering Cooking for a Gluten-free Lifestyle on Jan. 18 and again on Feb. 8 at the Culinary Campus in downtown Calgary, which opened for students and continuing education classes last September.

"Celiac disease and gluten-free diets are becoming more common for Calgarians but it can be overwhelming to imagine a life without pasta, bread and other products, " says Jemmett. "We will be walking through a basic gluten-free lifestyle and also teaching students how to substitute ingredients to fit their diet."

Participants will learn to cook a meal that includes gluten-free bread, chicken with a gluten-free cranberry honey mustard sauce and a sans-gluten citrus cake. After eating their tasty main course creations, students will head home with their bread.

Lindy Kennedy instructs nutrition courses for SAIT's School of Health and Public Safety and says it's important for those with a gluten sensitivity to still maintain a healthy, balanced diet.

"Conditions such as gluten intolerance and/or celiac disease can have a significant impact on nutrition intake, absorption, and overall quality of life, " explains Kennedy. "Courses such as this allow individuals to increase their knowledge and control over their condition, while improving basic nutrition."

*Celiac Association of Canada
**Vikki Petersen, clinical nutritionist and author of The Gluten Effect. Figure based on observations at her wellness centre in California.

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