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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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    TASTY POTATO SOUP WITH HAM AND PARMESAN CHEESE (GLUTEN-FREE)


    Jefferson Adams


    • A quickly made ham and Parmesan cheese potato soup


    Celiac.com 12/16/2017 - Looking for something warm and tasty, yet easy to make? This delicious ham and potato soup will fill your tummy and warm your soul. It's so comforting it practically wraps you up in a blanket and sings you a lullaby!


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    Ingredients:

    • 3½ cups chicken stock
    • 3½ cups peeled and diced potatoes
    • 1 cup diced cooked ham (from ham hocks)
    • â…“ cup parmesan cheese
    • ½ cup diced celery
    • ½ cup finely chopped onion
    • 5 tablespoons butter
    • 5 tablespoons potato starch
    • 2 cups milk
    • ½ teaspoon salt, to taste
    • 1 teaspoon ground white or black pepper, or to taste
    • Chopped chives, or flat leaf parsley, for serving

    Directions:
    Combine the potatoes, celery, onion, ham and water in a stockpot.

    Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.

    Stir in the chicken stock, salt and pepper.

    In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat.

    Whisk in potato starch with a fork, and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute.

    Slowly whisk in some milk, avoiding lumps, until all of the milk is added.

    Whisk in parmesan cheese.

    Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick, 4 to 5 minutes.

    Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot, and cook soup until heated through.

    Serve immediately with toasted gluten-free bread and butter, and chives, or parsley garnish, as desired.


    Image Caption: The finished potato soup. Photo: CC--JeffreyW
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    A gluten-free diet means avoiding all products that contain wheat, rye and barley, or any of their derivatives. This is a difficult task as there are many hidden sources of gluten found in the ingredients of many processed foods. Still, with effort, most people with celiac disease manage to make the transition. The vast majority of celiac disease patients who follow a gluten-free diet see symptom relief and experience gut healing within two years.
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    Additionally, there are many celiac disease drugs, enzymes, and therapies in various stages of development by pharmaceutical companies, including at least one vaccine that has received financial backing. At some point in the not too distant future there will likely be new treatments available for those who seek an alternative to a lifelong gluten-free diet. 

    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