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.
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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
The first study linked above by knitty kitty is indeed legit! Mexican Conacyt is like our National Science Foundation - a prestigious and heavily peer-reviewed federal funding source. I react to corn and corn flour but not to tortillas and chips. I wonder if the processing (which I think includes lyming) de-activates the protein? I have used corn occasionally in cooking, and tend to treat it like a condiment, not a side, but this has me re-evaluating.
I make my old recipes all the time. The only thing you have to be sure of is if your flour mix has xanthan gum or not. If it doesn't then you will need to add a bit per cup. Don't use too much or it will get gummy or spongy (it's powerful stuff!!!)
Xanthan gum (or guar gum) is used in gluten-free baking because it is a binding agent that gives baked goods elasticity.
Add 1/2 tsp. per cup of flour blend for cakes, cookies, bars, muffins.
Add 1 Tsp. per cup if you are making yeast bread, pizza dough, other baked goods that call for yeast.
Try using the gluten-free blends in a about 1 to one replacement, first start off with about 1/4 less then add by the tbsp til the texture is about right, as gluten-free flours sometimes cause the end result to be a bit drier. I honestly make a sugar cookie with almond flour that works great for the holidays, I do not use dairy or creamy butter so mine is a bit drier and crsiper then those from my childhood (yes I miss those) But it helps a bit with that craving. I might dig up mine, they are grain free with a deep nutty flavor and drier PERFECT for dipping in coffee or almond milk.
Hi Jmg, and thanks for your response.
2 weeks ago I went gluten free without having tested for celiac. I know now that that was a mistake but unfortunately I did not know at the time. As I have been informed, to do a blood test one have to be on gluten for at least 6 weeks prior to the test.
In any case, by the end of the first gluten free week, I felt exceptional improvements in typical IBS symptoms. I had higher energy, and I generally felt much better. By the end of the second week, however, some of the symptoms began to recur, like fatigue and upset stomach.
I know I am a noob and probably I should wait longer for my system to stabilise, so, I apologise if my post is noobish.