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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   04/07/2018

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes
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    DID GOOGLE'S AI DEVELOP THE PERFECT GLUTEN-FREE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE?


    Jefferson Adams


    • How many tries, and how much time, does it take a computer with Artificial Intelligence to develop the perfect gluten-free chocolate chip cookie?


    Celiac.com 12/28/2017 - Big data gets credit for a lot of things, much of it deserved. Data has brought a measure of sanity and relevance to internet searches, advertising and social media. But can data bake a perfect cookie? Google says it can.


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    The result? A gluten-free chocolate chip cookie that derives its alleged perfection from, wait for it...cardamom.

    In an effort to demonstrate Google's new technology for experimental design, a research team dreamt up a real-world challenge: “designing the best possible chocolate chip cookies using a given set of ingredients," says senior staff engineer Daniel Golovin.

    Google engineers established the inputs: chocolate, flour, vanilla etc. Google employees would test a recipe, give it a numerical rating and then the system would recalibrate the recipe based on the feedback.

    They did this dozens of times, each time baking, rating, and feeding the ratings back in for a new recipe iteration. Once the AI perfected a baseline chocolate chip cookie, the engineers turned to up Jeanette Harris of the Gluten Free Goat Bakery & Cafe. The team wanted their final cookie to be gluten-free.

    They also threw the AI a curve by adding a couple of tricky ingredients to the mix, cardamom and Szechuan pepper, just to see how the AI would respond. The result was an entirely new gluten-free cookie: The Chocolate Chip and Cardamom Cookie.

    So, how is it? Is Google's AI-developed gluten-free Chocolate Chip and Cardamom Cookie the best of all possible gluten-free cookies? Here's the recipe. Give it a try and let us know how it goes.

    Google's AI-Crafted Gluten-Free Cardamom Chocolate Chip Cookie

    Google's Artificial Intelligence unit crafted this cookie recipe after two months and 59 recipe attempts. It is the first cookie recipe developed and perfected entirely by AI.

    Ingredients:

    • Tapioca starch ½ cup + 2 tablespoons
    • Brown rice flour ½ cup
    • OG Sugar ¾ cup + 1½ tablespoons
    • Raw Sugar ¼ cup
    • Cardamom 2 teaspoons
    • Flaxseed Meal 1½ tablespoons
    • Sorghum Flour ¼ cup
    • Xanthan Gum 1½ tablespoons
    • Sea Salt 1½ teaspoons
    • Baking Soda 1 teaspoons
    • Chocolate Chips 1 cup
    • Water ¾ cup
    • Safflower oil ¾ cup

    Directions:
    Combine all dry ingredients, except chocolate chips, in a bowl and mix well.

    In another, combine all the wet ingredients, and then add to the dry ingredients and mix to combine.

    Add the chocolate chips and fold in until just mixed using a large spoon, drop on parchment lined in sheet pan and bake at 350F about 12 minutes.



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    WHAT IS CELIAC DISEASE?
    Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that affects around 1% of the population. People with celiac disease suffer an autoimmune reaction when they consume wheat, rye or barley. The immune reaction is triggered by certain proteins in the wheat, rye, or barley, and, left untreated, causes damage to the small, finger-like structures, called villi, that line the gut. The damage occurs as shortening and villous flattening in the lamina propria and crypt regions of the intestines. The damage to these villi then leads to numerous other issues that commonly plague people with untreated celiac disease, including poor nutritional uptake, fatigue, and myriad other problems.
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    NO SYMPTOMS
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    Perhaps because celiac disease presents clinically in such a variety of ways, proper diagnosis often takes years. A positive serological test for antibodies against tissue transglutaminase is considered a very strong diagnostic indicator, and a duodenal biopsy revealing villous atrophy is still considered by many to be the diagnostic gold standard. 
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    BIOPSY
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    For now though, there are no products on the market that can take the place of a gluten-free diet. Any enzyme or other treatment for celiac disease is intended to be used in conjunction with a gluten-free diet, not as a replacement.

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    Celiac Disease Center, Columbia University
    Gluten Intolerance Group
    National Institutes of Health
    U.S. National Library of Medicine
    Mayo Clinic
    University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center