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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:

Highly Nutritious Fruits & Vegetables

Which fruit or vegetable is the most nourishing?

Newly Diagnosed and Traveling Gluten-Free

My 20-year-old daughter was just diagnosed with celiac and is leaving for South Africa to study for 4 months at the University of Cape Town. Do you have any tips, resources, or general advice for a newly diagnosed and traveling abroad person?

Going Gluten-Free for Hashimoto's

My husband was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. What is the easiest way to transition to gluten-free?

Busy Student Newly Diagnosed with Celiac Disease

How is it possible to stay on a gluten-free diet when I’m rarely home? This means cooking a separate meal from the rest of my family. It's only going to get crazier when I start medical school. Please help!

Gluten-Free Laxatives and Enzymes

What is the best recommendation for a laxative? Also, are enzymes recommended to aid in digestion?

Which Alcohols are Gluten-Free?

Which alcohols are gluten-free? Is it true that a grain distilled does not contain gluten?

Healthy Gluten-Free Foods

What foods will really help me maintain a healthy diet and avoid irregular bowels?

List of Gluten-Free Foods & Snacks

Where can I get a list of gluten-free foods and safe snacks?

Maltodextrin and Allergen Labeling Requirements

I know that malt contains gluten. Is maltodextrin (found in chips, breads) safe for people with celiac disease?

Bad Taste in Mouth & Gluten-Free Diet Confusion

I have a bad taste in my mouth, and I'm confused about what to eat on a gluten-free diet. Help!

Risks of Inhaled Gluten When Dining Out

Please explain what issues a person diagnosed with "high" celiac disease may experience as a result of inhaled gluten from a cafeteria or where others consume foods with gluten.

Vitamins & Supplements on a Gluten-Free Diet

What supplements should I be taking? Do you recommend a good multi-vitamin?

Medications & Intestinal Side Effects

I take four prescriptions for bipolar disorder. Will these affect my intestines?

Crispy Rice Cereals: Gluten-Free?

Are crispy rice cereals gluten-free?

Newly Diagnosed and Overweight

I just found out I have celiac. I’m 6’4” and around 400 lbs. Can this help me lose weight?

Cross Contamination and Dining Out

If bread is dipped in a gluten-free sauce, is it contaminated? Also, what about eating out in restaurants?

SIBO and Vivonex Plus Alternatives

I have Small Intestinal Baterial Overgrowth (SIBO). A leading doctor in the field has recommended using Vivonex Plus for 2 weeks to kill the intestinal bacteria. Can you recommend a less expensive alternative?

Getting Started on Gluten-Free Diet

I just found out I have celiac disease. I have no idea what I can and cannot eat. Help!

Sources of Hidden Gluten

Is there a list of common ingredients that are not gluten-free, but seem to be according to the words used (i.e. caramel color, when derived from malted barley)?

Gluten Digesting Enzymes

I heard there is a pill called "GlutenEase" to assist when you accidentally ingest gluten. Have you heard of this, and does it work?

Gluten-Free Nutrition for Pregnancy

I am 9 weeks pregnant. How do I ensure I am getting enough nutrients for my child?

Gluten-Free Cracker Causes Stomach Upset

I recently ate some crackers that were labeled gluten-free, but I became violently ill. Any thoughts?

Gluten-Free Cheesecake and Bread Alternatives

Is cheesecake filling gluten-free? Also, what gluten-free bread do you think tastes the most like whole wheat bread, or do you recommend baking your own bread?

How to Lower Cholesterol While Staying Gluten-Free

I am gluten-free, have a slight thyroid issue, and need to lower my cholesterol. Help!

Celiac, Vegetarian and Low Iodine: What to Eat?

I have celiac disease and a am vegetarian. I started a low iodine diet 2 days ago in preparation for radioactive iodine treatment for thyroid cancer. Any suggestions for avoiding rice, dairy and soy?

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