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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. Anyone that is pretty sensitive have problems with Wrigley chewing gum? I'm trying to decode their response and determine if it is the typical CYA or if other gluten containing grains might be lurking. Thanks! Thank you for writing to inquire about ingredients used in Wrigley products. All U.S. Wrigley products are labeled within strict compliance of applicable laws and FDA regulations, including the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004. Any materials identified as allergens within this Act (milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans) are labeled within the ingredient line. The FDA has issued a proposed rule on gluten-free labeling, allowing food products containing less than 20 ppm of gluten (sourced from wheat, rye, barley, oats or cross-bred hybrids), to be considered gluten-free. [Federal Register: January 23, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 14)] All U.S. Wrigley chewing gum and confection products have been assessed to be gluten-free with the exception of the products listed below, which contain ingredient(s) derived from wheat or are made on shared equipment that also processes products with wheat and may contain trace amounts of gluten. Accordingly, these products are labeled as containing wheat-derived ingredients: • Altoids® Smalls® Peppermint Mints (contains wheat maltodextrin which is stated in the ingredient line) • Lucas® and Skwinkles® Branded Candy Strips (contains wheat flour and wheat fiber which is stated in the ingredient line) If your sensitivity extends to other types of gluten or if you are extremely sensitive to gluten sourced from wheat, rye, barley, oats or cross-bred hybrids, then you may want to consult with your physician prior to consuming our products. We hope this information has been helpful. If you have any additional questions or comments please feel free to contact us at 1-800-WRIGLEY Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST.
  2. I would love to comment on this article, but I don't have a facebook account. http://www.10news.com/lifestyle/health/what-you-need-to-know-before-going-gluten-free-021114 The article starts off like this... " It's the "in" thing -- virtually every possible product has a gluten-free option. There's gluten-free girl scout cookies, beer, gluten-free restaurant finders and even gluten-free dating sites. " If anyone has a facebook account and could comment, we should challenge this journalist to live 3 months on a strict gluten free diet, with all the cross-contamination concerns when eating out etc and then write an article after the experience! I hate bad journalism.
  3. Fogo De Chao

    More of a rant here, sorry. This is a great place to eat gluten free for a once in a while treat, but some staff isn't as well educated as they advertise they are. Today they are offering a discounted rate and a free dessert. Three of the desserts were obvious gluten items, but the 4th item, Flan, I wasn't familiar with. So because of my unfamiliarity with Flan I began asking questions. Previously I was told creme brulee was gluten free. Any cook could tell you there is no gluten containing ingredients in a basic creme brulee recipe, but we all know the rule...always assume there is gluten because it's the ridiculous things sometimes. I've eaten the creme brulee once before with no reaction. So called to make a reservation and asked if they would kindly substitute since it was gluten free. They had to ask a manager. Then she came back and said the only thing gluten free is the sorbet. ARGH! Called the corporate office and they weren't overly helpful...talked to 3 different people before finding the ingredients, which are exactly what one would expect cream brulee to have. (sugar, cream, vanilla, eggs) So just a word of caution you may get different answers. The bread they have is SOOO good and it's gluten free naturally due to the Tapioca flour they use. Most other items are gluten free, minus a few things, and the manager will personally walk you around the entire salad bar and tell you what has gluten and WHY! Couldn't have been more shocked the first time I went and the manager points to these chopped greens that looked like chopped parsley and said that's not gluten free because we put a small amount of bulger wheat in it or you can't have the chicken because it's marinated in beer without needing to explain the entire celiac bible. So overall it's a great place to eat out for a once in a while treat, but beware their training practices are not as good as advertised and will leave you worried about putting food in your mouth. What they told me was gluten free: * All meats, exceptions below * Cheese bread - did I say OMG yet? * Most items on salad bar What they told me is not gluten free: (not listing the totally obvious things) * Chicken because it's marinated in beer and sausage * The sausage is not made in house and they won't disclose what spices they use. The real kicker is the sausage comes on skewers bumped right up against the chicken...so that doesn't work. I have been told they would make some sausage special away from the chicken, but again it's one thing they can't be for sure on...so I assume it's a flour stick. * The finely chopped green salad w/ bulgar wheat
  4. Been meaning to post this for a long time...after going gluten free milk really bothered me; symptoms pointed to lactose intolerance which is common in celiacs. Raw milk, which isn't available in all states, eliminated the symptoms milk was causing. Reading more on the internet shows this actually helps others with lactose intolerance because real cows milk (not pasteurized) has enzymes that help our bodies digest it. Maybe this will help someone enjoy milk again.
  5. Wendy's Frosty's?

    They do have a full list of gluten free offerings on their website. www.wendys.com/food/pdf/us/gluten_free_list.pdf
  6. Hello--New & Scared

    I agree with GFinDC completely about cooking yourself. When you cook at home you always know you are safe from gluten, but when you eat out you are always risking someone doesn't understand cross-contamination. Other advice I can give is don't worry about replacement foods...they normally just disappoint. (gluten free bread, brownies, cookies, etc)
  7. Sounds just like me! My mother had all the thyroid issues, but I had all the other symptoms...the heart stuff showed up around age 30. I went on a strict gluten free diet (you can't ever cheat!) and all my symptoms went away! Have you been tested for Hashimoto's disease? It's an autoimmune disease and celiac disease is also...from what I've read online if you have one you have a good chance of having the other. Hope this helps!
  8. Severe Fingernail Biting

    Your post reminds me of something else I noticed after going gluten free. My body craved like no other the most nutritious fruits and veggies raw. Examples were raw kale, raw cabbage, and raw cauliflower.
  9. I am posting this to share my experience with gluten with the hopes it helps someone else out there some day. For 25 years I bit my fingernails very severely...to the point they would almost always be bleeding, sometimes 1/8" long, picking layers of nails off with teeth, and I would tear apart my nail beds from constantly biting them. I tried everything to quit over the years from being put on Prozac, having others smack my hands if they saw me, etc. I did this from age 5 until 30. I discovered that going on a very strict gluten free diet solved this problem along with other symptoms of celiac disease I never even realized were a symptom until I gave up gluten. Issues that went away after being off gluten: Had to visit bathroom after almost every meal (looking back I ate a lot of gluten) Heart palpitations (very frequent at the end) Very short tempered and for the dumbest things Very very sad especially on cloudy or rainy days Severe nail biting Bloated feeling after eating I've never been tested for celiac disease because after going gluten free I refuse to eat gluten even to get tested...I know I feel way better and it is obviously not good for me. Anyways just posting this in hopes it helps someone else that has severe fingernail biting and has no idea why they can't stop.
  10. After visiting Rite Aid a few times and just dying to know what ice creams are gluten free with the ingredients that might be gluten (natural flavors for example) I decided to call the manufacturer of the ice cream to see. Obviously cross contamination makes it not possible to eat from their ice cream bar, but buying a 1/2 gallon can't be bad now can it? The person I spoke to at the company seemed knowledgable and said they have distributed documentation to Rite Aid but when I asked if they had anything I got the deer in the headlight stare. He said the list WITHOUT gluten was shorter...so that was exciting! And what he told me a lot of them were very obvious. Birthday Cake Chocolate Browny Chocolate Cookie Dough Chocolate Malt Crunch Circus Animal Cookies Cookies & Cream Medieval Madness Butter pecan is gluten free!!!