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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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    TOASTED CHICKEN WITH ARUGULA GUACAMOLE (GLUTEN-FREE)


    Amie  Valpone

    Gluten-Free

    Serves 4

    The finished toasted chicken with arugula guacamole. Photo: Amie ValponeIngredients

    • 1 cup cashews
    • 1 cup arugula, chopped
    • 1 cup fresh spinach
    • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp. lime zest
    • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
    • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
    • 2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and cored
    • 1/4 tsp. paprika
    • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
    • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground white pepper
    • Fresh cilantro, to garnish
    • 8 slices gluten-free bread, toasted
    • 1 lb. sliced chicken, sliced into 1/4 inch pieces

    Directions

    1. Combine all ingredients (except bread and chicken) in a food processor; process until smooth.
    2. Transfer to a serving bowl, spread atop a piece of gluten-free toast with a few slices of chicken.
    3. Remaining guacamole can be served at room temperature or chilled with gluten-free crackers, pretzels or crudites.
    4. Enjoy!

    Image Caption: The finished toasted chicken with arugula guacamole. Photo: Amie Valpone
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    Jefferson Adams
    When I was in Guanajuato, Mexico, years back, the woman who cooked at the house where I was a guest prepared the most delicious chicken tortilla soup.
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    Symptoms of celiac disease can range from the classic features, such as diarrhea, upset stomach, bloating, gas, weight loss, and malnutrition, among others.
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    Gluten triggers symptoms and immune reactions in people with celiac disease. Gluten can also trigger symptoms in some people with NCGS, but the similarities largely end there.

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    National Institutes of Health
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    Mayo Clinic
    University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center

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