Down Syndrome and Celiac Disease 

Updated March, 2021  Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin What is Down syndrome?  Down syndrome is a genetic disorder characterized by a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21 in all or some of the cells in an individual’s body and is the most common chromosomal disorder.  Chromosomes usually come in pairs of two, one from each parent, Read More

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Gluten in Your Food: Cross-Contact or Cross-Contamination?

Published December 30, 2020 We’ve broken down the two main ways gluten might get into otherwise gluten-free foods, and they may not be the two ways you think. Living gluten-free? Whether you’re recently diagnosed with celiac disease or are avoiding gluten for other reasons, knowing if the food you eat is free of gluten can Read More

Does Fermentation or Distillation Make a Product Gluten-Free?

Published December 9, 2020 Is alcohol gluten-free? When it comes to adult beverages, going for gluten-free beer or spirits can be confusing. Part of the confusion often involves understanding the different processes for crafting beer versus liquor products. If you’re living gluten-free and looking to enjoy a libation, here’s what you need to know. Starting Read More

Are Oats and Oat Flour Gluten-Free?

Updated February 2021 Oats are a hot button topic within the celiac and gluten-free communities. Oats are not considered a top allergen, and in their pure form, oats are safe for the majority of people with celiac disease. Unlike wheat, barley, and rye, oats are not considered a source of gluten in many countries.   The concern with oats Read More

Racial Disparities and Celiac Disease in the U.S.

Published July 6, 2020 Research on celiac disease (CD) reveals racial disparities in healthcare for African Americans. Based on the available data, the African American community in the U.S. needs more attention from the celiac community. This would include additional social support, improved medical attention, and additional research.   Celiac Disease in the U.S. Who Read More

Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2019

Published January 17, 2020 May 18-21, San Diego. Research summaries   GIG’s Education Supervisor, Lola O’Rourke MS, RDN, recently attended the 50th anniversary Digestive Disease Week (DDW) conference in San Diego and has compiled an impressive list of summaries of the latest research on celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and gluten-related disorders.  Be sure to check Read More

Update on European Guidelines on Celiac Disease & Other Gluten-Related Disorders

August, 2019   Updated recommendations on the management of celiac disease (CD) and gluten-related disorders were recently published by the European Society for the Study of Coeliac Disease. A multi-national group of experts including both pediatric and adult gastroenterologists conducted a review of current guidelines, and a literature review of relevant articles published from 1990 to Read More

Finding Credible Sources of Information on Health

Published January 16, 2020 By Carolina Nunes, MS, Bastyr University Dietetic Intern (2019)    Countless websites and blogs are dedicated to diet and health-related topics, and information about the gluten-free diet, celiac disease, and gluten sensitivity seems to be everywhere. Not all sources, however, are committed to using high standards for their reporting and information. Additionally, applicability of research is sometimes over-stated or misconstrued, or opinions may be veiled as fact-based science.   Following are some guidelines to Read More

Celiac Disease in Children

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published December 18, 2019 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 Read More

The Gluten-Free Diet: Facts and Myths

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published December 16, 2019 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 Read More

What is Celiac Disease?

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published April 16, 2021 What You Need to Know 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 Read More

Gluten-Free VS. Gluten-Removed Beer: A Study

Published October 18, 2019 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. Read our research study: The Celiac Patient Antibody Response to Conventional Read More

Celiac Disease Testing in Children

Published October 18, 2019 For parents, there are a multitude of everyday children’s matters and milestone marks that take up plenty of time and concern, so when there is a medical issue to consider (especially one as complex as an autoimmune disease like celiac disease), it can be especially taxing. Doctor visits can feel rushed, Read More

Gluten Sensitivity and FODMAPs

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   Gluten sensitivity and FODMAPs: Is there a connection? Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (also known as gluten sensitivity) is not yet well understood. The currently accepted means of diagnosing this condition is to rule out celiac disease, wheat allergy, and other possible causes of Read More

Healthy Weight Gain in Celiac Disease

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   The term “weight management” generally brings to mind the issue of how to lose weight, or at least how to prevent gain. But sometimes there are health-related reasons to gain weight, and one scenario where this may be the case is in Read More

Pregnancy and Celiac Disease

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   Pregnancy and celiac disease both call for extra considerations when it comes to nutrition. What if you fall into both categories? Do some of the needs overlap, and are there special nutritional issues that arise for pregnant women who have celiac disease? Read More

Diabetes and Celiac Disease

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019 What is celiac disease? An 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 Read More

Celiac Disease & Thyroid Conditions

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   Celiac Disease and Thyroid Disease: The Connection Researchers have found autoimmune thyroid diseases to be more common in people with celiac disease than in the general population. The reasons for this relationship are not entirely clear, but these are the known facts: Read More

Celiac Disease and Anemia

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   What is Anemia? Anemia results from a decrease in the size or number of red blood cells, or in the amount of hemoglobin, which is the red pigment in red blood cells. Think of red blood cells as ships that deliver oxygen Read More

Associated Autoimmune Diseases

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   People who have celiac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis (celiac disease which manifests as a skin rash) are at greater risk than the general population for developing one or more associated autoimmune diseases. These disorders share common genetic and immunological linkages with celiac Read More

Healthy Gluten-Free Eating Guidelines

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   Removing gluten from the diet is the essential first step to thriving gluten-free. Next, learn how to make your gluten-free plate exceptionally healthful. Vegetables Fill approximately half your plate with non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, bell peppers, onions, cabbage, carrots, artichoke, beets, Read More

GIG’s Gluten-Free Diet & Drug Instruction

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   The gluten-free diet can provide adequate nutrition while eliminating wheat, rye and barley from the diet as long as gluten-free grains with high nutritional value are used and the diet includes a variety of nutritious foods. Gluten is a generic term referring Read More

Gluten Sensitivity

(also known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or non-celiac wheat sensitivity)  Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 15, 2019 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). Read More

Could Gluten be Causing Your Health Problems?

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 15, 2019   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 Read More

Celiac Disease, Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity or Wheat Allergy: What is the Difference?

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 15, 2019   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 Read More

Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 15, 2019   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 Read More