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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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Hi Everyone,

Does anyone know what gluten-free foods are high in Complex Carbohydrates? Everything I'm eating seems to be either protien or simple carb. I just heard that Complex Carbs are the only fuel that the brain can use efficiently, and boy does my brain need fuel!

Patricia

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I know the diet can feel limiting at first, but you have lots of choices for complex carbohydrates. The best choices are foods that are naturally gluten-free: rice, beans, potatoes, buckwheat, sweet potatoes or winter squash, corn, peas, lentils, cream of rice cereal...

Then there are the gluten-free versions of breads and pastas and cereals. The breads are usually better toasted. Pasta made from brown rice (Tinkyada is a good brand) is almost identical to traditional semolina pasta. For cereal, I've found good gluten-free versions of corn flakes, rice crispies, and corn "chex." Whole Foods or a natural foods store are a good place to look for these -- just watch out for malt in the ingredients list; it's a popular sweetener and comes from barley.

I'm sure more experienced people will have more ideas for you -- I'm pretty new at this.

Good luck, and enjoy trying new foods!

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Thank you WGibs,

I didn't realize that vegetables were such a good source. I guess I have more in my diet than I thought.

It's 50 miles to the nearest natural foods store, so I don't go to often to get the pasta's and cereals, but have been using beans and rice to make bread.

Thank you, I feel re-assured now, and will keep eating my vegetables!!!

Welcome to the celiac diet. It always keeps me on my toes.

Patricia

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great! i will have to keep this list in mind! i've noticed lately that i've been craving sugar to an extreme.... i think my body is trying to make up for the lack of complex carbs that i haven't been careful to make sure i consume! never had to worry about that before..... ha!

when i first went off gluten, whenever i wanted bread i ate chocolate instead. not to make me feel better, just i will crave really specific things, and apparently to my body chocolate was the next best thing. :rolleyes:

does anyone have any more complex-carb rich foods to contribute to the list? i would appreciate it! :)

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Fruits, veggies and whole grains are complex carbs. If you are craving sugars you are craving simple carbs, which is white rice, noodles, sugars, potatoes,etc. Basically anything that is starchy or sugars your body can turn into energy easily is not a complex carb.

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