Pregnant and Worried About Gluten Free Nutrition

Question: I am pregnant and worried that my gluten-free diet might be causing issues for me. Are there any resources for pregnant celiacs to ensure all dietary needs are met? From, Meghan Answer: Hi Meghan. I’m glad to see you are paying attention to your gluten-free diet while pregnant. Yes, NFCA has great information about Read more…

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Ask the Dietitian: Should I Take Probiotics?

Question: If I have been following a gluten-free diet for more than 2 years and am not having any digestive symptoms, would I benefit from taking probiotics other than what is in yogurt? From, Ann Answer: Hi Ann. Great question. Nutrition science has shown probiotics to help improve GI symptoms, including constipation, diarrhea, gas and Read more…

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Gluten-Free Tailgating Tips from NFCA & Thai Kitchen

Brand new printable now available on CeliacCentral! While there has been a slew of NFL stadiums announcing gluten-free options this football season, the need for celiac friendly options extends into the pre-game parking lot festivities as well! As a result, NFCA and Thai Kitchen have teamed up to create a “Gluten-Free Tailgating Tips” printable guide! Read more…

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Ask the Dietitian: Blood Test Numbers After Celiac Diagnosis

Question: How long on average does it take the celiac numbers to start to drop after starting a gluten-free diet? My daughter’s 6-month blood test was still very high. From, Toni Answer: Hi Toni. According to Dr. Peter Green in his book, Celiac Disease, A Hidden Epidemic, follow-up celiac blood tests usually return to negative after Read more…

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Ask the Dietician: De-Glutenized Wheat

Question: I just noticed for the first time yesterday on a label it said, “de-glutenized wheat.” The same for corn.  What does this mean? The label also said it was gluten-free. From, Joyce Answer: Hi Joyce. Yes, you are likely to start seeing the term “de-glutenized wheat” and “de-glutenized wheat starch” on product ingredient labels. Read more…

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Ask the Dietitian: Gluten-Free & Low-Glycemic Diet

Question: My physician has advised me to go on a gluten-free diet and also switch to a low-glycemic diet. Are you aware of sugar causing problems for celiacs? I’ve seen nothing about that. From, Anita Answer: Hi Anita. Assuming you have no other medical conditions that might warrant a low-glycemic diet, there is no reason Read more…

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Medications: The Next Arena for Gluten Labeling Measures

In my work as an author, researcher, and gluten-free advocate, I work hard to help the gluten-sensitive and celiac communities live a healthy, balanced lifestyle, free from the threat of gluten ingestion. Over the past several years, I am grateful to have witnessed a marked increase in gluten-free awareness and celiac disease research, with many benefits for gluten-free Read more…

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Ask the Dietician: Rehydrating After Diarrhea

Question: What’s the best way to rehydrate after a bout of diarrhea? Nutritional supplements, sports drinks, water, or something else? Answer: This is a great question as diarrhea is one of the biggest contributors to dehydration and malabsorption of nutrients.  The degree of dehydration will determine the best treatment for rehydration. It is important to Read more…

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Maltodextrin and Allergen Labeling

I know that malt contains gluten. Is maltodextrin (found in chips, breads) safe for people with celiac disease? From, Kate Answer: Hi Kate, The ingredient “maltodextrin” in FDA-regulated food is considered gluten-free if the ingredient list and/or the “Contains” statement do not include the word “wheat.” Please note that maltodextrin is generally considered gluten-free even when derived Read more…

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Q & A: Vitamins & Supplements on a Gluten Free Diet

Question: What supplements should I be taking? Do you recommend a good multi-vitamin for celiac patients? From, Nicol and Jessica Answer: Hi Nicol and Jessica. Thank you for your questions regarding supplements for celiac patients. First and foremost, food should be the primary source for your vitamin, mineral and antioxidant needs.  My first recommendation to Read more…

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