Monday Rundown: Gluten-Free Diets & Top Sports Stories of 2013

Dec 15, 2013

'Tis the season for gluten-filled desserts. Exploring the merits of a gluten-free diet.
Credit Amy / Flickr

These topics air Monday December 16, 2013 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

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Are Gluten-free diets Hazardous to Your Health?
Grocer’s shelves are filling up with a number of gluten free products.  This is great news for those with celiac disease, who need to remove wheat from their  diets. But are these products as healthy as they seem, and should everyone follow a gluten-free diet? We’ll pose these questions to Dr. Kofi Clarke, director of the Celiac Center at Allegheny General Hospital and Amy Macklin, registered dietitian and owner of Gluten Free Roots.

Sports With Bob
From the Pirates first winning season in two decades, to the decline of the Steelers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus Bob Dvorchak looks at the top sports stories in the region for 2013. Included on the list, the possibility of three state high school football championships for area teams and the first ever Frozen Four College Hockey Tournament in Pittsburgh.

Fan Loyalty
According to a recent study done by Emory University, Steelers fans take losses harder than any other fan base in the NFL. We'll talk with Michael Lewis, Assistant Professor of Marketing at Emory University who conducted the research on fans emotions and find out why it's more than just a game to Steelers faithful.