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[Note: Answers from a Dietitian® is intended for general questions about celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and/or the gluten-free diet. The information below is not intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment or for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition. The information is not intended to establish a patient/provider relationship. Consult your doctor or nutritionist regarding specific individual health needs.]

Questions from the Community:

Losing Weight on the Gluten-Free Diet

Do you have suggestions for foods to completely avoid in order to lose weight?

Gaining Healthy Weight with Celiac and Food Allergies

I've lost 60 lbs. in 1.5 years, but not by choice.  How do I healthily gain weight?

Webinar Q&A with School Nutrition Consultant Gabriela Pacheco, RD, LD, SNS

Following the August 2012 webinar "Back to School: Preparing to Educate School Administrators on the Importance of Gluten-Free," NFCA invited listeners to submit their questions about advocating for gluten-free needs at school. The questions and answers from webinar panelist Gabriela Pacheco, RD, LD, SNS, are included here.

Celiac and High Folate Levels

What can I do to reduce high folate levels?

Celiac Disease and Multiple Food Allergies

What are food options for my child who requires a gluten, soy, corn, rice, and lactose-free diet?

Modified Food Starch and Maltodextrin

Do you need to avoid modified food starch and maltodextrin to be gluten-free?

Webinar Q&A with Registered Dietitian Tricia Thompson, MS, RD

Following the July webinar, "Setting the Record Straight: Dispelling Gluten-Free Manufacturing and Production Myths," guest speaker Tricia Thompson, MS, RD, answers the remaining questions from the follow up Q&A session.

Fiber and the Gluten-Free Diet

How can I make sure I get enough fiber in my diet while eating gluten-free?

Gluten-Free Snacks On-The-Go

What gluten-free snacks are quick, easy, and readily available at most grocery stores?

Diabetes and Celiac Disease

How can I help my granddaughter manage a healthy diet for celiac disease and Type 1 diabetes?

Risks of Cross-Contamination in Restaurants

How serious is the risk of cross-contamination?

Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH)

I suspect that I have dermatitis herpetiformis.  I'm eating gluten-free, but what else should I be doing?

Gluten and Caramel Coloring

Is caramel coloring considered gluten-free?

Gluten-Free Lip Balm

Which lip balms are gluten-free?

Yeast and the Gluten-Free Diet

Is yeast considered gluten-free?

Gluten-Free, Lactose Intolerant and Reacting to Fruits and Vegetables

I've had celiac disease for 4 years now and wondering if I can return to eating normal food yet. I also have IBS and lactose intolerance. Fruits and veggies blow me up. What to do?

Resources for Teens on a Gluten-Free Diet

My son will be 18 next month and off to college next year. Any suggestions for teens on navigating a gluten-free diet at this age?

Gluten and Skin

Can gluten containing ingredients irritate the skin?

Constipation Remedies for Children with Celiac Disease

My daughter was diagnosed with celiac 3 months ago and we are haivng a huge issue with constipation. Do you have any suggestions?

Gluten-Free Diet for Non-Celiac, Non-Gluten Sensitive People

Is living a gluten-free lifestyle good for people who do not suffer from celiac disease or gluten sensitivity?

Fruits and Vegetables for Celiacs

How many serving of vegetables and fruit should a celiac adult have a day?

Allergic to Oat Bran

I recently found out I am allergic to oat bran, but not oats. How do I know which oat products to avoid?

Can I Drink Scotch?

Is it OK to drink a scotch and water, one drink per night, with celiac disease?

Gluten-Free Grains Other Than Rice

I cannot digest rice. Please suggest some other grains that are easy to digest.

Gluten Challenge for Accurate Celiac Disease Testing

How much gluten should I consume before getting the celiac blood panel?

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