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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 FREE Celiac.com email alerts   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) 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 Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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sriddle    0

We have an exchange student that has recently discovered she is gluten sensitive. She has stated she cannot use the butter and nutella presently in our home, since it has been contaminated by use with gluten products. Is this true? Must we now have two sets of such products?

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Yes, she must have her own condiments that come in jars (double dipping) most can now be found in squeeze bottles.  She will need a new toaster and some pans that arn't scratched. Same with plastic ware, wooden spoons, cutting boards and strainers.  Please read the Newbie 101 thread under the coping section.  It has valuable information.

 

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Colleen

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bartfull    565

Yes, it's true. Check out the Newbie 101 thread in the coping section for even more information on cross-contamination. You need new butter, Nutella, mayo, anything a knife that has touched bread has dipped into. I know that for a non-celiac it sounds extreme, but it really is true. You can buy small containers of these things, or just get the larger ones and after your gueat has left, the rest of the family can use them up.

 

It is also vital that you don't use any wooded spoons, scratched plastics like teflon pans or plastic containers. You can't use the same strainer or cast iron pans for her foods. She needs her own toaster, or you can get toaster bags. And if you bake with flour, everything in the kitchen must be completely cleaned because flour dust will stay in the air for hours and then settle on everything. Also, if she breathes it in, it will get in the back of her throat where she will swallow it.

 

And please do read some of the other threads here that will show you how many celiacs feel out of place, ostracized, depressed, and generally like a pain in the butt to the people around them. So if you want your guest to feel welcome, try not to make a big deal out of it. Remember, it's not her fault, and with a little extra work and a lot of helpful advice from folks like us, you will be able to be gracious hosts for this student, and you will both get a lot out of it. :)

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