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Talking to Friends & Family About Your Need to be Gluten-Free
By Madison Service, 2019 Bastyr University Dietetic Intern As you may have experienced, some friends, family members, and co-workers are overwhelmingly supportive of you and your dietary restrictions, but others… not so much. Here is a helpful guide on how to navigate some of these more difficult situations. Try to approach these conversations with Read More
4-Week Gluten-Free Meal Plan
New to gluten-free? Check out this 4-week menu plan!
Celiac Disease in Children
What is celiac disease? Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that results from the response of the immune system to the ingestion of gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. This immune response causes inflammation and damage to the small intestine that can ultimately lead to malnutrition and poor health. Celiac Read More
The Gluten-Free Diet: Facts and Myths
FACTS Gluten-free diet and celiac disease (CD): A strict, life-long gluten-free diet is required for health reasons. Ingestion of gluten causes an adverse reaction which damages intestinal cells and can lead to serious health problems. Gluten-free diet and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (also known as “gluten sensitivity”): Individuals with non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) require a gluten-free Read More
What you need to know about celiac disease Celiac disease is a chronic, autoimmune disease which is the result of an immune system response to the ingestion of gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley) in susceptible individuals. This response to gluten damages the small intestine, leading to malabsorption of nutrients and related Read More
Getting Started on a Gluten-Free Diet
The following information is intended to be used as a preliminary guide for those who are newly diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Not all aspects of the gluten-free diet are as clear cut as portrayed here. For additional details about the gluten-free diet, consult with a knowledgeable dietitian and go to the Resources section Read More
Celiac Disease Centers – Resource List
Updated December, 2019
Gluten-Free VS. Gluten-Removed Beer: A Study
A discussion of the published research and results from The Celiac Patient Antibody Response to Conventional and Gluten-Removed Beer. Hear from Laura Allred, Ph.D., GIG’s Regulatory & Standards Manager; James Neumeister, founder of Ground Breaker Brewing; and Jordan Middlebrook of KingGlutenFree.com. This article has been assessed and approved by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
The presence of gluten, the protein found in common cereal grains wheat, barley, rye, and their derivatives, can be problematic even in microscopic quantities for those with gluten-related disorders (celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity). Though the first step in treating gluten-related disorders is eliminating obvious exposures to gluten, it is also essential to avoid Read More
Gluten-Free Cooking & Baking Hacks
The kitchen can mean something different to everyone. It can serve as a main stage where the production of sustenance plays out several times a day. It can be the place to go for winding down, for comfort and warmth. When the body requires a change in the type of foods consumed, the kitchen can Read More
Gluten-Free Pantry Essentials
While a burst of gluten-free products have been appearing on grocery store shelves over recent years, it can still be difficult to decide where to start in building up your first gluten-free pantry. Having a good selection of gluten-free items on hand can help make meal preparation relatively easy, and remove some of the uncertainty Read More
3 Tips for Gluten-Free Label Reading
1. A product which carries a 3rd party certification such as that of GIG’s Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), is considered safe for gluten-free consumers. 2. As of August 5, 2014, if a product is labeled “gluten-free” and is an FDA regulated product, it is considered safe for gluten-free consumers. The regulation specifies that manufacturers choosing Read More
Easy to Find & Easy to Fix Meals and Snacks
Hungry for a quick bite? Not sure what is safe to eat? Here are some easy-to-find and easy-to-fix foods that make perfect snacks and quick, simple meals to get you started on a gluten-free diet.* Snacks: Fresh fruit Broccoli and tomatoes with ranch dip Carrots and hummus Peanut butter on celery Yogurt Yogurt parfait with Read More
One Step at a Time
Following a gluten-free diet is a major lifestyle modification. There is a lot to know about foods, ingredients, and changes in lifestyle and cooking, and you may be wondering just where to start. Try taking things “one step at a time” to help make your gluten-free transition more manageable. Step One – Yes, you need to Read More
(also known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or non-celiac wheat sensitivity) Some individuals who experience distress when eating gluten-containing foods and show improvement when following a gluten-free diet may have what is commonly referred to as gluten sensitivity (GS) instead of celiac disease (CD). It is important to keep in mind that GS is not well Read More
Could Gluten be Causing Your Health Problems?
To start to find out, answer the following questions: Do you have a family history of celiac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis? Do you have recurring problems with: Abdominal pain Bloating Constipation Diarrhea Vomiting Elevated liver function tests (AST, ALT) Joint pain Fatigue Tingling or numbness in hands or feet An itchy skin rash occurring on Read More
Celiac Disease, Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity or Wheat Allergy: What is the Difference?
Celiac disease (CD), non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) and wheat allergy are all conditions whose primary treatment is avoidance of specific dietary components. While celiac disease and wheat allergy are well defined conditions, non-celiac gluten sensitivity is poorly understood at this time. Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition; wheat allergy involves an immune (not auto-immune) response; Read More
What you need to know about dermatitis herpetiformis Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) is a form of celiac disease. It is a skin condition characterized by groups of itchy blisters. The ingestion of gluten (a protein contained in wheat, rye and barley) triggers an immune system response that deposits lgA antibodies under the top layer of skin. Read More