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    • Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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I see some gluten-free foods advertising that they're yeast-free, too. Is yeast safe for celiacs?


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For many celiacs, a combinations of disorders can come along with the celiac disease. Yeast intolerance, dairy intolearance and more. Yeast is not a gluten containing product, and has no harmful effects on most celiacs, unless you have and intolerance or allergy to it.


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Red Star Yeast is a gluten-free yeast. Others may not be....



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The "forbidden List" on this sites homepage says that Brewer's yeast is not cool...

I use SAF instant yeast, they sell it at which is a gluten-free online store that has some pretty good stuff. You need to keep it refrigerated though.


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