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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Tapioca is also a common source for "modified food starch."
  2. Even one positive can be diagnostic. This is one: Gliadin deamidated peptide IgG 33.9. If unsure, a biopsy of the small intestine will provide definite confirmation. There is a control test to validate the other ones, but I don't see it there. What is does is validate the others by checking on the overall antibody levels. But it is to detect possible false negatives. A positive is a positive. I think your daughter has joined our club.
  3. An aside, but "Textured Vegetable Protein" is no longer allowed in ingredient lists in Canada. The vegetable must be specifically named.
  4. As Karen said, it is to is provide evidence that you are real. Providing a fake address or a bogus telephone number indicates to the board administrator that you are spamming the board.
  5. Sugars are all gluten-free. You may have a reaction to a particular sugar (fructose is common), but it is not because of gluten. Mayonnaise is gluten- free to start, but flavors that contain gluten could be added. Not very likely, but conceivable. I wouldn't worry about mayo.
  6. This thread is ten years old. Information in the early posts is not likely to be useful. Labelling rules in place today say that "vinegar" has specific meanings, and--in Canada and the USA--the only vinegar that can contain gluten is "malt vinegar," which will be so labeled. The unqualified ingredient "Vinegar" is vinegar derived from apples--gluten-free. It is almost always distilled as well, and may say "distilled vinegar." In ingredient lists, the entire phrase between consecutive commas is the name. A word contained in the name has no meaning in and of itself. "Rice Wine Vinegar" is not the same as "Wine Vinegar," although both are gluten-free. The former is made from rice and the latter from grapes.
  7. "Gluten-Free" is a regulated term in Canada and the USA. It refers to wheat, rye, and barely content. It does not specifically refer to "malt" since, while most malt is from barley, other grains can be malted without resulting in gluten content. Your allergist is wrong if he says "malt" is an issue. Wheat is gluten; yoghurt is dairy; but "malt" is not specific. You may react to certain things when malted. But it depends on what the malt is made from. If it says "gluten-free" it does not contain wheat, barley or rye. Other top allergens are are listed in FALCPA, which came into effect in 2006.
  8. The damage caused by celiac disease would not show up in a colonoscopy, because the damage is not in the colon. If they did not also biopsy the small intestine (endoscopy), then they would not detect damage at all.
  9. Heat can destroy gluten. Bleaches and disinfectants can not. Cast iron can be put in a self-cleaning oven. You need at least 650F for at least 30 minutes. Non-stick coated items should be okay after taking a trip through the dishwasher.
  10. "Their published ingredients specifically says they do not use msg on their fries. " So, do you have any actual proof that there is MSG in their fries? I'm sorry that you were ill after eating there, but a single reaction by one person is not proof. I eat their fries from time to time, and have never had an issue, although I am not highly reactive to MSG.
  11. What Karen said is true.
  12. Recovery times vary, and we all have slips in converting the the gluten-free lifestyle. I went five years with overt symptoms before diagnosis. After going gluten-free I continued to have symptoms for 4-6 months, while my intestines healed.
  13. Part of this has to do, at least in the US and Canada, with regulations regarding labels. To label something "gluten free" is misleading if it does not distinguish the product from other, similar, foods that are not. To label apples "gluten free" would be considered misleading. But you can label apples as a naturally gluten free food. That applies to all apples, not just the ones in the current package.
  14. As Karen said, any known gluten-containing ingredient means that the gluten must be clearly disclosed on a Canadian label. I can't imagine how there could be accidental contamination of such a product.
  15. I'm sorry to hear you had a problem at Outback. I have been a frequent Outback customer since my diagnosis in 2000, and have never had a problem. They are franchises, so there may be differences in the level of diligence. But my experience has been that once I place an order for a gluten-free meal, the table gets a visit from a manager to confirm the order, and that they will then take extra care in the kitchen. The Chocolate Thunder is something I consider an indulgence and do not eat often, but, again, I have had it a number of times without a problem. I feel safe at Outback. YMMV