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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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My dd just diagnosed this week and someone told me to buy the scanavert (one word) app for my iphone or android. It is $2 a month or $9.99 a year (I think). I did it for the first month. It has been great to take to the store and even scan food at my mother in laws house. You can do it with any main allergy. I did gluten free and tree nut free. I just scan the barcode and it will tell me if it is safe or not. The bad side is that some store brands are not included. And once, I scanned a "gluten free" item and it told me that it was not gluten free. But other than that one goof, I have been pleased. Thought it might be of some help to some other new people. I downloaded some restaurant apps for free but too scared to try restaurants now. Does anyone know any other apps that you find helpful?

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My dd just diagnosed this week and someone told me to buy the scanavert (one word) app for my iphone or android. It is $2 a month or $9.99 a year (I think). I did it for the first month. It has been great to take to the store and even scan food at my mother in laws house. You can do it with any main allergy. I did gluten free and tree nut free. I just scan the barcode and it will tell me if it is safe or not. The bad side is that some store brands are not included. And once, I scanned a "gluten free" item and it told me that it was not gluten free. But other than that one goof, I have been pleased. Thought it might be of some help to some other new people. I downloaded some restaurant apps for free but too scared to try restaurants now. Does anyone know any other apps that you find helpful?

I have the "Find me Gluten Free" app on my Droid. It's been useful to find restaurants that have gluten free menus or offerings near my location, wherever I am. It's more useful in some areas than others, and not all restaurants are on their database. The app will tell you the location and with some of the restaurants you can look at a menu online. I don't know if this is available for the iPhone.

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I have the "Find me Gluten Free" app on my Droid. It's been useful to find restaurants that have gluten free menus or offerings near my location, wherever I am. It's more useful in some areas than others, and not all restaurants are on their database. The app will tell you the location and with some of the restaurants you can look at a menu online. I don't know if this is available for the iPhone.

It is indeed available for the iPhone. I downloaded it last week and love it. For those who want to try it out, it's free!

I also paid for the "Is That Gluten Free?" app. I wish it had a scan option, but I love the fact that it draws out the good AND bad ingredients. It is now $7.99 though

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My dd just diagnosed this week and someone told me to buy the scanavert (one word) app for my iphone or android. It is $2 a month or $9.99 a year (I think). I did it for the first month. It has been great to take to the store and even scan food at my mother in laws house. You can do it with any main allergy. I did gluten free and tree nut free. I just scan the barcode and it will tell me if it is safe or not. The bad side is that some store brands are not included. And once, I scanned a "gluten free" item and it told me that it was not gluten free. But other than that one goof, I have been pleased. Thought it might be of some help to some other new people. I downloaded some restaurant apps for free but too scared to try restaurants now. Does anyone know any other apps that you find helpful?

Hi 1974 girl, thanks for mentioning our app! We try very hard to alert our subscribers to the presence of gluten and think we have the best app on the market. Since we capture all label text, including the nutritional box, ingredient statement, may contain... processed on equipment..., we also have to program a lengthy 'terms to ignore' list, such as "peanut flour", "coconut flour", "a great source of gluten free protein" etc. However, the increasing amounts of 'testimonial text', and 'promotional text' on Gluten-free products is difficult to program- no service or app could program for each combination and that creates the false alert you may be referring to above. That's why, with each alert, we display the text/phrase it came from, and that way you can tell if its from a testimonial statement.

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      Off the Hook: fish and chips, you say!? that are safe?! YES! It's true! This fantastic fish&chips joint is on Broadview just south of Danforth. They have a gluten-free chickpea batter, and keep everything safe by having a dedicated fryer for gluten free things, and another dedicated fryer just for fries! I have eaten there many many times and never gotten glutened (though it's still fried food, so have to go easy on it). It's a good spot to hang out if it's not busy, or you can get take out.

      The Dirty Bird: This is more of a takeout spot, but again with the fried food. They use a rice flour batter for the chicken, and the fries are safe too. They do make regular waffles, but can do gluten-free as well. There are 2 locations - one in Kensington market, and one on Bloor near Bathurst. Arepa Cafe - on Queen between spadina and bathurst. One of my favourite places to get a quick meal, but you could easly hang around for a while. Arepas are corn bread stuffed with stuff. Little tricky eating for small hands, so can get a platter instead. Almost everything (except I think for fried stuff) is gluten-free. Magic Oven - I can't do dairy either, so this is my occassional pizza splurge. They are very conscious of gluten free safety, have a dedicated fryer for fries (and wings!), make pretty decent pizza though it is not cheap.
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