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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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It is true that ensure is completely free of gluten?

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It is true that ensure is completely free of gluten?

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Yes, the Ensure is gluten free, but I know when I was first diagnosed & healing it always made me feel bloated, so I switched to Boost. The Boost didn't seem to bother me at all so I started drinking two a day. It Really helped me -I was so skinny. I really needed the weight. Now I just drink the high protein Boost every other day since I don't need anymore weight on me. :D

I hope this helps! :)

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Ensure is definitely gluten free, but it always makes me sick to my stomach afterward and makes my intestines quite unhappy later. I think it's because there is so much sugar and milk protein...not really sure. It's not gluten, but something in it has always set me off...maybe it'll work for you!! :)

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I started drinking Boost because it said it was gluten and lactose free. Everytime I drank it, I would get sick. I called the company and was told there was casein in it. Soooo... it is lactose free but not dairy free. Too bad, because I liked the flavor and it was convenient.

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Okay, so Ensure has always made me sick, so I tried Boost last week. No problems!! I don't know what the difference is, the ingredients look the same, but I'm not sick from drinking Boost. :) Hooray!

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In the first couple of weeks after I was diagnosed, I tried a small bottle of Ensure every 3rd day or so to put on on some much-needed weight. I bought a 6-pack of them, and though the package said gluten-free, I drank a total of 3 bottles, and ended up with severe migraines 3 times (the onset of the migraines ranged from 30 min to 1.5 hours post-ingestion). Needless to say, I didn't drink the rest of the 6-pack. . . .I don't know what I reacted to. I've been too "chicken" to try other pre-made drinks like this, and now, 2 months later, I have managed to gain back the weight the old fashioned way!

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I am in New Zealand and Ensure here contains maltodextrin which in Australia and NZ is mostly 'wheat-based'. I started to try and gain some weight and after symptoms started again I checked the tin. It was also in the chocolate I eat and I probably pushed myself over the limit. Oops. I see that Horleys have a product in New Zealand that is gluten free. Yay

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Ensure always made me want to be sick as well, but I learned two things.

1. Drink it slooowly, in small sips.

2. And/Or the High Protein Ensure doesn't make me nauseous at all

Hope that helps!

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I have been gluten-free for about 6 weeks now.  I do not have celiac but am very intolerant and have been since my early 20s.  Back then, when I first started throwing up everyday, I got down to 90lbs.  My mornings went like this.  I would eat cereal for breakfast and then start coughing and would cough so much that I would throw up.  Eventually I learned my body well enough that I knew when to stop eating before I would get to that point.  All of that to say, I started drinking ensure everyday.  I never had any problems with it and it kept me from waisting away to nothing!  At that point in my life I had no clue what gluten was, so did not know that it was gluten-free, but it was sure a life saver for me!

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