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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      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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  1. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  2. Hi! I love the Lays chips, I eat them whenever I find myself needing a carb b/c I am sick of eating salads all the time or if I am on the go. They run a close second to my all time favorite Cape Cod Potato Chips-I am a native Cape Codder! Do you like corn chips? I always have a bag of tostitos or comprable corn chip on hand to munch on too. For frying, do you mean making fried foods?? Can't say I fry a lot at all, though recently my sisters boyfriend who is a chef made me fried scallops with rice flour and corn starch. Soo Good.
  3. They do spread quite a bit, so make them sort of on the smallish side and with lots of room in between. When I take them out, I usually let them cook a bit more on the cookie sheet. Surprisenly the crumble factor on these is not too too bad. Must be all the fat from the PB. When I moved into my apartment last year, I literally ate these for two days straight b/c I had no food. Best two days of my life!
  4. What brand of sauce was it? I have this problem too, I always feel gassy, bloated and sick after eating rice pasta and sauce, and its usually because I can't find any sauces that dont use soybean oil! Bertolli sauces actually use olive oil instead of soybean oil, which would make sense, helloooo Italian!! A few Classico ones are also soy-free, as well as one from Whole Foods 365 brand-I believe the Roasted Red Pepper ones. I LOVE the Prego Meat one, but alas it gives me a stomachache : (
  5. Hi All! These are my FAVORITE cookies! My sister found the recipe for me a few years back on Epicurious.com and if I ever need to bring a dessert or am hosting a party I always make these. They are now my non-gluten free friends favorites as well. Some tips. Use the thickest pb you can find, and pref the crunchy kind. I am a fan of JIFF crunchy or Skippy Crunchy. If you use creamy pb they tend to come out really flat. Also, I use mini chocolate chips, i think they are easier to work with and give a better peanut butter to chocolate ratio. Also don't over cook, 10 minutes should be a-ok. Love these cookies!!!
  6. Restaurants Boston

    Hi! I ate at Mangiano's for a company lunch. Prior to arriving I found out that the vendor who was taking us out there, had called ahead and ordered family size portions of everything-and I couldnt have one dish he had selected. I thought I was to go hungry, but once they told the waiter and the manager came right out and spoke to me about options. They had gluten free pasta available, and gave me a list of sauces that I could and could not have. They brought me out my own salad with oil and vinegar, since they claimed all the dressings had gluten in them. For my meal i got rice pasta with a tomato primavera--loads of veggies. Then without me even have to order it, they brought out a creme brulee just for me for dessert. It was huge! Portions were great, I ate my pasta for two meals after. Overall a very happy experience there. I have heard its good to call ahead, just to make sure they have the gluten-free pasta on hand though. For another alternative---the owners of the Beacon Street Tavern and Washington Square Tavern are very celiac friendly! They have a daughter or son who was diagnosed. While they don't have a gluten free menu, they are very aware about the disease and cross contamination etc. They also stock their bars with Redbridge-the gluten free beer from Anheiser Busch. Have fun and happy birthday!
  7. I am always on the lookout for more drinking options other than wine or mixed drinks. There is something about drinking out of a bottle at a bar, I miss it so much! I am a huge fan of Magner's the Irish Cider, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Harpoon, the proud makers of a good IPA and UFO, and brewed locally in Boston, have made their very own cider! It's gluten free, I checked on the website, and I actually tried it yesterday at a local pub, who had it on draft! I didnt love it as much as Magner's, and it reminded me a lot of Strongbow in looks alone. The apple taste was sort of faint too, but overall its great to have another option out there, and one from a mainstream brewer.
  8. gluten-free Restaurants In Boston

    Hi! For something not too expensive and pretty main stream, try Mangiano's. I always stayed away from this place because its a pasta chain so obviously gluten heavy. But when I went there to eat for a work lunch, I was pleasantly suprised that they offered gluten free pasta and a list of sauces I could and could not have. They brought out a salad just for me with only olive oil and vinegar, instead of sharing the community salad everyone else had. I choose the gluten-free pasta with this primavera sauce. And then for dessert, they brought me a creme brulee and I hadnt even ordered it yet! The portions were huge and lasted me for two more meals after. It's located right downtown near the Park Plaza Hotel. You can take the Boylston or Arlington T stops on the Green Line. Buono Appetito!
  9. Still Having Stomach Problems

    I too went back to a gastro after being diagnosed with celiac disease 3 years prior. I had felt after my diagnosis but something still wasnt right. He recommended a biopsy because he was worried that because I never had one to begin with and only got diagnosed by blood work, that I wasnt really a celiac. And of course it came back negative. I was upset about this because i wasted good time and money on the procedure. And funny you should say you were on prilosec before you were diagnosed, I was too! When I was in high school I started having lots of stomach problems, and my doctor at the time thought it was acid reflux and lactose intolerance, thus the prilosec. Anywhoo...after that last gastro experience I just decided to figure things out for myself. It turns out, after going lactose free for awhile, then soy free, I found out that soy was the culprit. My reactions aren't as strong as too gluten, but I get nauseous, gassy and bloated. I used to drink soy milk everyday since high school, no wonder I still felt sick! So I would just look into other intolerances, because now with that I stay away from soy and gluten-I feel almost cured!
  10. Hmmm maybe stick with the Tostitos scoops? Or bite sized rounds? Those would be easy to tell apart. I don't really have a preference in terms of tortilla chips, but recently I have been getting into the blue corn ones--somebody makes a really good Blue Sesame corn chip, and Miguel's brand also makes a great one. But for me Tostitos always had the best balance of salt and crunch! Ahhh just have to be more careful now. I wonder why they did it, probably to promote more whole grains?
  11. Hi! Whole Food's generally has a good selection, and even their own line of gluten free stuff called The Gluten Free Pantry. Great cookies and scones! But they carry gluten-free pasta, frozen breads, and everything is cleary labeled. I frequent the one in Brighton, but there is also one in Cambridge and one off of Mass Ave. near Symphony Hall. I also frequent the Shaw's-there is one on Huntington Ave. and one off Commonwealth Ave. Both of them have pretty good natural food sections, especially the one on Huntington. And as an added bonus, that store also sells beer, wine, and liquor including the Red Bridge gluten free beer by Budweiser. Both stores, while some what expensive have a pretty good selection, and I buy all my stuff there. Try not to go to a Stop and Shop, they have zip for gluten free stuff!
  12. So since I have been diagnosed, chips and salsa have been my go to snack food. Corn chips are delicious and have always been safe for me. But now Tostitos have have come out with chips made with flour, kind of along the lines of flour tortilla instead of corn but for chips. I think I need to buy a bag, and open them up just to see what they look like, and hope that they differ from the corn chips. For instance at parties, what if someone buys these, sticks them out and they look just like the regular ones I have always loved. I mean I can obviously ask to see the bag, or ask the host, too bad i never had to before. So this is just a warning for everyone, don't grab blindly for those nachos!
  13. Ny Timies Health Page

    I was totally put off by this article. It barely touched on the symptoms or the struggles of people with celiac disease. Eating even small traces of gluten entirely interupts my life, its not just a nuisance. And by saying that gluten free products are practically on every shelf, it makes it seem like its not big deal. Well its a big deal to me! I mean yeah there are so many gluten free products out there, but a majority of them still taste terrible, are highly caloric, fall apart if I breathe on it, and are terribly expensive. I dont know anyone else who pays almost 5 dollars for a loaf of bread! Take out and delievry pizza is a pipe dream, nevermind eating out in restaurants still makes me nervous. Don't even get me started on people using a gluten free diet as a way to lose weight, I could literally smack them upside the head. Don't get me wrong, we have come a long way in terms of education, awareness, and the amount of gluten free products available, but I think the NY Times hardly did celiac disease, or even gluten intolerance justice.
  14. Hi alll, I am writing on behalf of my stubborn sister. I have been diagnosed with celiac disease for 5 years now, though none of my family appears to have it, and out of the four of them only one has been tested (It came out negative supposedly). So my older sister has been having bloating issues for awhile now. Every time she drinks a lot of beer, eats certain foods, she gets this incredible bloat. She is a tiny--but her belly swells to the point it looks like she is a few months pregnant. We had lentil soup last night, and this morning she woke up with the incredible bloat. I doubt this has anything to do with PMS as she get's it up to two or three weeks before her period starts. Anyways.....could this be a reaction to wheat? or could it be just IBS or some other dietary problems? She doesnt have insurance, so can't go to the doctor. She eats bread and stuff containing gluten all the time, but never complains of the stomach problems that I had back when I was eating wheat. I suggest she keep a food journal, but just wondering if anyone else has any ideas. Thanks!!!
  15. Hi everyone! So my mom alerted me to an article in my hometown paper about celiac disease. It centers around a family having to de-gluten their Thanksgiving meal because somone was diagnosed a celiac. It's pretty accurate aside from wrongly stating that maltodextrin is unsafe(isn't made from barley in the US apparently). But it's a cute read and I am interested in trying the pie crust recipe for this upcoming Thanksgiving. Enjoy! Here's the link! http://www.capecodonline.com/cctimes/food/index.htm