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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. Taco Bell

    Their ground beef might contain oats (and I think their hard shell corn tortillas might too, or at least they are made using shared fryers for flour items), but these Cantinas tacos are made with steak, chicken or pulled pork. So I'm pretty sure they aren't adding oats to these. Even on their website, they have a symbol if items are made on shared equipment with gluten containing items, although I don't think they are referring to their employees hands or the countertop where food items are assembled as shared equipment, or nothing would be labled gluten-free!
  2. Taco Bell

    I just tried their Cantinas Steak tacos today and they were pretty good! Corn tortillas, grilled steak, onions, cilantro and even a wedge of lime. Pretty much like an authentic Mexican soft taco- definitely the most authentic thing on Taco Bell's menu now! Next I'll try the carnitas! It is nice to have this as an option.
  3. Yes- very possible. I was very sick from the time i was 1 1/2 until I was 4 years old. My parents had me on an elimination diet- last thing to re-introduce was gluten. I was never officially diagnosed with Celiac back then as my parents opted to not have invasive testing done. I was then "seemingly" fine until I was 30 years old. After the birth of my first son (the trigger) I started having symptoms and was diagnosed. They call it a "honeymoon phases" where symptoms are not present for a number of years, often until a sever illness, stress, pregnancy, etc. causes the symptoms to come back.
  4. Thank you- Riceguy- I'm thinking it must be a spoiled or rancid flour in the mix. Yes, it is stumping to me because it is not in every batch of each item that I buy and the ingredients are not changing. I guess it is possible that it is the teff in the wraps and some other flour in the bread products- it could produce the same off taste. Or else it is the leavening like you mentioned,perhaps too much is used in the "bad" tasting batches?? Surprisingly they even put baking powder in the wraps (not sure why as they don't really need to be leavened since they are so thin). Marcia
  5. Thank you for your responses! 1) Definitely not garlic- I am a garlic lover and actually made my yucky tasting bread into garlic bread to try and mask the taste! 2) I couldn't find many ingredients that overlapped between products other than rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, cornstarch and baking powder. So, not not a pea/bean flour- which I don't really like the taste of either, but it isn't the taste that I am trying to describe in the original post! Keep the ideas coming, I really want to solve this mystery! Marcia
  6. I've been gluten free for over 3 years now so have had a chance to try lots of different gluten free foods. There are some foods that have an off taste to them (it actually repulses me)- it is hard to explain but the best I can do is say that it tastes like that bad taste you get in the back of your mouth, like bad breath, after sleeping or if you have a cold. I have tasted it in mostly gluten-free bread products- sometimes in Glutino breads, LaTortilla Factory Ivory Teff tortillas, Whole Foods gluten-free Breads and most recently in a bag of my beloved Pamelas pancake mix (oh no!). It doesn't seem to be in every loaf, or every time for a particular brand, that is what is stumping me about this. Anyone know what I am talking about? Or am I just crazy?! Anyone know what it is, is there a particular flour that goes "bad" or rancid and causes this? None of the items have been past sell by dates and I mostly keep them frozen until use (not the Pamelas mix), so I don't think that is the problem! Thanks for any help- I tried to ask my Husband (he is not gluten-free) and he had no idea what I was talking about- maybe I am just a super sensitive taster now! Marcia
  7. I am curious if you have started your challenge yet? I am in a similar situation as you...I was diagnosed Celiac after the birth of my first son (was breastfeeding at the time). Did not have an endoscopy only borderline positive blood work results for diagnosis. I have now been gluten free for over 3 years and have a second son who is 9 months old (I only had 6 months where I wasn't nursing or pregnant since my diagnosis!). I would really like to do a gluten challenge but don't think it would be a good thing to do while nursing. I would worry about my baby getting the nutrients needed through the breastmilk if I start not absorbing what I need to (if affected by gluten consumption with Celiac Disease). What is the rationale that your dr thinks it is ok to do while breastfeeding? Just curious. Please keep us posted on how things go! Marcia
  8. Miscarriages Normal?

    As long as you follow a strict gluten free diet and have your vitamin levels in check you should have a normal pregnancy. Of course there are normal pregnancies that end in miscarriage, but it wouldn't have anything to do with having Celiac Disease, it could be caused by any number of other things. When I was pregnant with my second child (after I was diagnosed and had been following a gluten free diet) I was closely monitored by a perinatologist. She said they watch for low birth weight. Surprise to me, my baby popped out at a whopping 9 pounds! So it appears, at least to me, that having Celiac Disease did not affect my pregnancy! Oh, and I did not have a speck of morning sickness either! Good luck, and when you do get pregnant try not to worry and just enjoy every moment of it- it is a wonderful time! Marcia
  9. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  10. I'm pretty sure they are- A gluten free bakery in our area (Silly Yak Bakery and Bread Barn) makes a turtle cheesecake and there are Rolo's in it. I doubt they would use anything that wasn't verifiably gluten-free!
  11. Florida's Natural fruit snacks are clearly labeled gluten free. The sour straws are really good!
  12. So we just got a HuHot Mongolian Grill in our area (Madison, WI). Here is what they have listed on their website regarding allergies- "At HuHot, we are concerned about our customers
  13. :D AWESOME- Can't wait until June!!!
  14. Enchilada Sauce

    Durkee's dry mix is gluten free and is good (probably about the same as McCormick because they are the same company.
  15. Ma Uno's Now Have gluten-free Pizza!

    I just tried Uno's gluten-free pizza for the first time today in Madison, WI. It was a pretty good experience. I was surprised at how big the pizza was- probably about 10"-11"! However, I thought it was a little undercooked, it was soggy in parts and the crust crumbled apart (it could not be picked up). However it tasted good and it was nice to be able to go out to a real restaurant for pizza. I did tell the manager about my experience and he took $5 off the bill. I think next time I will ask that the pizza be cooked for another couple minutes. I reheated my leftovers for dinner tonight in the toaster oven and it was better cooked a little longer. Marcia