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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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My 12 year old son was diagnosed with celiac 2 weeks ago. I am overwhelmed with trying to find foods that he can and will eat. He is very picky and does not eat much fruit or vegetables. I was advised that things with natural and artificial flavors have hidden glutens. When shopping at the store a lot of items have natural or artificial flavors even those marked certified gluten free. How can it be certified gluten free if it has hidden glutens in it? When do I know that something is safe for him to eat? Thank you!

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If it says Gluten free it should be fine.

If it says Artificial flavoring (only) it should be fine.

If it says Natural flavorings it may not be fine it depends on the product and company. At first I was calling all companies and sometimes still do.

MY personal rule :

If the only questionable ingredient is Natural flavoring ( ie no wheat , rye , barley or oats ) and its a dairy or sugar candy product it's probably fine. If it's a grain/protein based product I consider the source and possibly call.

Stawberry Yogurt - ok

Sweetarts = ok

Cheese balls = ok

Flavored sausage = I would call if not declared

According to the FDA a natural flavoring is the (essence or essential oil) of a product. If that flavoring comes from Wheat, Rye, or Barley it should be declared.

I know this does not give you definite answers as a guide for all products but NOBODY can give you that. If you question an item ,post it and maybe someone can tell you.

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Flavoring and "natural flavor" are USUALLY carried on corn.

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