Flaherty Names Rbc’s Taylor To Canada Pension Plan Board

Canada’s Gluten-free Craze

File photo shows Amy Fehr of Panne Rizo, a Vancouver gluten-free bakery and cafe, with an assortment of muffins and cupcakes. Although many who adopt a gluten-free or gluten-reduced diet say they get relief from bothersome symptoms, health professionals are concerned that people are turning to the diet unnecessarily, possibly leaving them open to negative health effects.
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This marks the second appointment for Taylor in six weeks after she was named chairwoman at Royal Bank of Canada (RY) , the countrys biggest lender, starting next year. The CPPIB, which reported C$188.9 billion ($183 billion) of assets on Aug. 9, works independently of government to invest taxpayer pension contributions. Ms. Taylors global operational expertise and significant financial-services-board experience will make her a solid contributor, Flaherty said in a statement today from Ottawa. Taylor didnt immediately respond to an e-mail request for comment. Taylor, 56, the former chief executive officer of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, has been on Royal Banks board since 2001. She has a masters degree in business administration from the Schulich School of Business and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto. Katie will be a valuable addition to our board and contribute significantly to CPPIBs ability to fulfill its crucial responsibility to provide a foundation upon which 18 million Canadians build their financial security in retirement, Bob Astley, Canada Pension Plan chairman, said in an e-mailed statement. Canada Pension Plans first chairman was a female, Gail Cook-Bennett, who later became the non-executive chairman at Manulife Financial Corp. (MFC) , the countrys biggest insurer. To contact the reporters on this story: Greg Quinn in Ottawa at gquinn1@bloomberg.net ; Katia Dmitrieva in Toronto at edmitrieva1@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Scanlan at dscanlan@bloomberg.net More News:

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The popularity of the diet has been largely fuelled by endorsements from celebrities such as TV star Elizabeth Hasselbeck, pop singer Miley Cyrus, and actress Gwyneth Paltrow. The release last year of the best-selling book Wheat Belly, which blames modern-day wheat for a multitude of ills, has also contributed to the gluten-free craze. Some who adopt the diet report relief from ailments such as abdominal pain, eczema or rash, headaches, fatigue, bowel and digestive problems, and brain fogcommon symptoms of gluten sensitivity. Celiac, or Gluten Avoider? Health Canada estimates about 1 percent of Canadians (340,000 people) suffer from celiac disease, a genetic disorder that occurs when gluten triggers an abnormal immune response, damaging the lining of the small intestine and interfering with the absorption of nutrients. But aside from celiacs, who must strictly avoid gluten for life, it is estimated that there are millions of gluten avoiders in Canadapeople who have not been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, yet have adopted a gluten-free or gluten-reduced diet. Among the reasons gluten avoiders adopt the diet are a desire to lose weight or to get relief from health problems that can be hard to diagnose. Others perceive it as simply a healthier way to eat. However, the growth of gluten avoiders has raised concerns among some health professionals, who say that following a gluten-free diet without first consulting a doctor or dietician could be harmful. I think whats really driven this whole lifestyle has been the celebrities, says Shelley Case, a Regina-based nutrition expert on celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. This fad diet is the flavour of the month right now. Its kind of like Atkins was a number of years ago. Now its gluten-free. Unnecessary Gluten-free Diets Last month Case spoke at an international Celiac Disease Symposium in Chicago, where she voiced her concerns about the risks of unnecessary gluten-free diets. She says one of the biggest issues is that people are not consulting an expert or doing adequate research before going on the diet. These people may not have worked with a dietician, theyve just sort of done this on their own, and so theyre not really aware of what [nutrients] they might be missing out on, says Case. A common misconception about gluten-free foodswhich on average are more than double the price of gluten-containing foodsis that theyre automatically healthy, says Case. But many foods advertised as gluten-free are refined and have been stripped of fibre and some vitamins and nutrients. The big risks for people who dont have celiac and are following the gluten-free diet is that theyre often eating the processed gluten-free products, and many of these products are not enriched with iron and B vitamins, she says. You can have a pretty decent, healthy gluten-free diet, but from my experience of working as a dietician for over 32 years, after looking at food records [of gluten avoiders], they arent getting a good balance. She also notes that a gluten-free diet doesnt necessarily lead to weight loss.