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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:

Feeling "Withdrawal" From Gluten

I've restricted all gluten (that I know of) for about 5 days now. It feels like my body is going through withdrawal. Is this normal?

Finding Gluten-Free Foods

I’m having a hard time finding out exactly what gluten is. What foods have more gluten than others, and which foods could I try that have less gluten?

Stubborn Symptoms

I got diagnosed with celiac disease last May, and I am still having symptoms. What could be the problem?

Craving Gluten During Pregnancy

I am pregnant and have celiac disease. I’m craving gluten foods, especially bread. Is there anything I can substitute?

Hidden Gluten in Dental and Cosmetic Products

What would be the ingredient names to avoid while choosing gluten-free dental products, makeup and skin care?

Is Sushi Safe to Eat?

I heard that I shouldn’t eat sushi because of the rice used, but I haven’t found a reason why. What is in sushi rice that makes it off-limits?

Follow-Up Question on Skin Care Products

A response to an earlier question said gluten cannot be absorbed through your skin.  However, when I have applied items that are not gluten-free, I've had a reaction. Could there be some connection?

Choosing Safe Foods: Seafood, Chocolate and Cheese

Can you eat seafood when you have celiac disease? What about chocolate? Cheese?

Gluten in Skin Care Products

Can individuals with celiac disease absorb gluten through bath and beauty products, and will it have the same effect?

Weight Gain on Gluten-Free Diet

My daughter has been gluten-free for 3 years and has gained more than 100 lbs. since diagnosis. Why does she keep gaining?

Osteoporosis caused by Celiac Disease

What is strontium and why should it help with osteoporosis?

Children's Book Recommendations

Which children's book about celiac do you recommend for my newly diagnosed daughter?

Diet suggestions for undiagnosed celiac baby

She just turned 1, and I am having a hard time finding foods that are soft enough for her to eat. What would you recommend?

Airborne flour in the workplace

I was told by one dietitian that I needed to quit my job because it is unsafe and another try to wear a mask. Any thoughts on this?

Having problems with quinoa

Have you heard of anyone having problems with quinoa? I think it may be a problem for me.

Removing Gluten from Sick Child's Diet

I came across celiac disease and wondered that, with all that is already being left out of her diet, would it be safe just to take her off gluten and see how it goes?

Gassy while following a gluten-free diet

I am sure I am only eating gluten-free food, but every evening I get gassy. If I am
following the gluten-free diet, why is that happening to me?

Surprise sources of gluten

 Are there any other hidden glutens that would surprise me? I know about malt and soy sauce, but sometimes I see something like "vegetable protein" and have no idea.

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