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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.


Silent Celiac Disease and Certified Gluten-Free Oats

I have the "silent" version of celiac disease. I never had pain from eating gluten. I am told that oats are OK to eat as long as they are uncontaminated. However, eating the uncontaminated oats gives me gas that was typical of my "symptoms" before my celiac diagnosis. How do I know if oats are OK for me to eat?


Brie Cheese: Gluten-Free or Not?

Is brie gluten-free?


Is Cheez Whiz Gluten-Free?


Which Gluten-Free Labels Can I Trust?

I've just read the Q&A about de-glutenized wheat, which prompted another question: I have sometimes gotten sick after eating products that say they have tested to < 20 ppm. Can I believe any gluten-free labels?


Hypothyroidism and the Gluten-Free Diet

Can a gluten-free diet help hypothyroidism?


EGD, Colonoscopy and Leaky Gut

Last January, my EGD (upper endoscopy) & colonoscopy showed villi damage. Regarding the comments about leaky gut, wouldn't my doctor have been able to see if I had a leaky gut and told me then? He did not mention it, and with all the info on celiac I have learned about it. Now I'm wondering if that is why I still do not feel good a lot of the time. Thanks.


Pregnant and Worried about Gluten-Free Nutrition

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?


Gluten-Free for 3 Weeks and Still Not Feeling Well

Coco was just diagnosed with celiac disease after battling tummy issues for years. She is 10. We have cut gluten from her diet, but are wondering if cross-contamination, even a crumb, can trigger a reaction? We are very careful but her tummy still hurts. She has been gluten-free for 3 weeks.


Should I Take Probiotics?

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?


How to Make Gluten-Free Cakes Fluffy

Is there anything that can be done to make [gluten-free] cakes and breads fluffy as opposed to thick and sticky?


Blood Test Numbers After Celiac Diagnosis

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.


"May Contain" Warnings on Gluten-Free Products

Why do so many products say "may contain traces of wheat"? This is on boxes of plain rice, cans of plain beans, and so much more. Help!


De-glutenized Wheat

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.


Gluten-Free and Low-Glycemic Diet

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.


Carb Lover with Celiac

Can someone who has loved carbs and gluten all their life have celiac disease or gluten intolerance?


Modified Food Starch

When modified food starch is listed in the ingredients and the “contains” statement does not list wheat, is it okay to eat?


Rehydrating After Diarrhea

What's the best way to rehydrate after a bout of diarrhea? Nutritional supplements, sports drinks, water, or something else?


Gluten-Free Restaurants and Small Appetite

Could you share a good source for restaurants that cater to celiacs? Also, is it common for celiacs to have no/limited appetite, nausea, and eat smaller meals? Thank you!


How Long Until I Feel Better?

I am in the process of going gluten-free, and I am being tested for celiac disease now. I have been sick for 3 years now. How long will it take for me to feel better? Will I see some improvement right away? Help please.


Gluten and Acne

Does gluten cause acne?


Is Maltodextrin Safe for Celiacs?

Are products with maltodextrin okay for patients with celiac disease?


Looking for a Dietitian

I have celiac and I need a good doctor or dietitian. I live in the Branson, MO area. Any help would be appreciated.


Highly Nutritious Fruits & Vegetables

Which fruit or vegetable is the most nourishing?


Going Gluten-Free for Hashimoto's

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


Newly Diagnosed and Traveling Gluten-Free

We're having an eventful week. 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. She is feeling a bit overwhelmed with learning the gluten-free diet at the same time she's learning about a new culture and labeling that may not be as efficient as in the US. While she's motivated to do her best, she's concerned it might not be good enough to help her feel better.

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