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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the safe and unsafe foods for celiacs?

Quick Start Diet Guide (GIG and CDF)

Safe List – Foods & Ingredients Safe for a Gluten-Free Diet – (Celiac.com)

Forbidden List – Foods and Ingredients Not Safe for a Gluten-Free Diet – (Celiac.com)

Basic Diet – (Gluten-Free Living)

Treatment – (American Celiac Disease Alliance) Top of Page

Q. Can gluten-intolerant people eat whole grains?

Gluten Free Whole Grains (Carol Fenster; Whole Grains Council) Top of Page

Q. What is the prevalence rate for celiac disease?

Celiac Disease Facts and Figures – (University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center)

Prevalence of Celiac Disease in At-Risk and Not-At-Risk Groups in the United States – (Archives of Internal Medicine)

Review: Prevalence of Celiac Disease in At-Risk and Not-At-Risk Groups in the United States – (Alamo Celiac) Top of Page

Q. What is the story on vinegar? Is it safe for celiacs?

American Dietetic Association Revises Its Gluten-Free Guidelines – Distilled Vinegar is Safe for a Gluten-Free Diet – (Celiac.com)

Are All Vinegars Safe for Celiacs? – (Gluten-Free Living)

Vinegar: When Is It Gluten-Free? – (diet.com – Living Gluten-Free) Top of Page

Q. What about oats? Are oats safe for celiacs?

All About Oats – (Gluten Free Diet by Shelley Case, RD)

Finding Gluten-Free Oats – (diet.com – Living Gluten-Free)

The Celiac Disease Oat Conundrum – (Celiac.com – European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

The Molecular Basis for Oat Intolerance in Patients with Celiac Disease – (PLoS Med)

Oats Intolerance in Celiac Disease – (PLoS Med)

A Comparison of Diets with and without Oats in Adults with Celiac Disease – (Celiac.com – New England Journal of Medicine) Top of Page

Q. I have been told that celiacs may eat products containing spelt. Is this true?

Gluten-Free? Spelt Is Wheat… Don’t Eat! – (diet.com – Living Gluten-Free) Top of Page

Q. What are the best blood tests for celiac disease?

What blood tests help diagnose celiac disease? – (The Journal of Family Practice) Top of Page

Q. Do I need follow-up testing even if I am conscientious about staying on a gluten free diet?

Follow Up Testing – (University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center) Top of Page

Q. What is the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act?

Food Labeling Fact Sheet – (American Celiac Disease Alliance) Top of Page

Q. What is the Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO)?

Gluten Free Certification Organization program announcement – (GIG)

Gluten Free Certification Organization – (GIG) Top of Page

Q. My doctor says I can't have celiac disease because I am overweight. Is this true?

Food Cravings, Obesity and Gluten Consumption – (Celiac.com)

Celiac Disease and Obesity – There is a Connection – (Celiac.com) Top of Page

Q. Does my child diagnosed with celiac disease need a bone scan for calcium malabsorption?

Knowing means simplifying: gluten-free diet alone is enough to cure the bones of pediatric patients with celiac disease – (News-Medical.net) Top of Page

Q. What about a product called GlutenEase?

A Product Called GlutenEase – (Alamo Celiac) Top of Page

  • What are the safe and unsafe foods for celiacs?
  • Can gluten-intolerant people eat whole grains?
  • What is the prevalence rate for celiac disease?
  • What is the story on vinegar? Is it safe for celiacs?
  • What about oats? Are oats safe for celiacs?
  • I have been told that celiacs may eat products containing spelt. Is this true?
  • What are the best blood tests for celiac disease?
  • Do I need follow-up testing even if I am conscientious about staying on a gluten free diet?
  • What is the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act?
  • What is the Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO)?
  • My doctor says I can't have celiac disease because I am overweight. Is this true?
  • Does my child diagnosed with celiac disease need a bone scan for calcium malabsorption?
  • What about a product called GlutenEase?

Q. What are the safe and unsafe foods for celiacs?

“Quick Start Diet Guide” – http://www.gluten.net/downloads/print/QuickStartDiet.pdf – (GIG and CDF)

“Gluten-Free – or not gluten-free? Why is there a question?” – http://www.celiacawareness.org/CD_News/Information_to_Live_By/Information_to_Live_By/ 67/?vobId=216&pm=97 – (National Foundation for Celiac Awareness)

“Safe List – Foods & Ingredients Safe for a Gluten-Free Diet” – http://www.celiac.com/st_prod.html?p_prodid=183&p_catid=12&sid=91hH9H1Fl2xW4mq- 19105003351.68 – (Celiac.com)

“Forbidden List – Foods and Ingredients Not Safe for a Gluten-Free Diet” – http://www.celiac.com/st_prod.html?p_prodid=185&p_catid=12&sid=91hH9H1Fl2xW4mq- 13105502551.d8 – (Celiac.com)

“Basic Diet” – http://www.glutenfreeliving.com/basic-diet.php – (Gluten-Free Living)

“Treatment” – http://www.americanceliac.org/treatment.htm – (American Celiac Disease Alliance)

Q. Can gluten-intolerant people eat whole grains?

“Gluten Free Whole Grains” – http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/gluten-free-whole-grains – (Carol Fenster; Whole Grains Council)

Q. What is the prevalence rate for celiac disease?

“Fact Sheet #20 – Facts about Celiac Disease” – http://www.celiacdisease.net/Portals/1/factsheets/
Fact%20Sheet%2020%20Celiac%20Disease%20Statistics.pdf – (University of Chicago Celiac Disease Program)

“Prevalence of Celiac Disease in At-Risk and Not-At-Risk Groups in the United States“ – http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/163/3/286 – (Archives of Internal Medicine)

“Review: Prevalence of Celiac Disease in At-Risk and Not-At-Risk Groups in the United States” – http://www.alamoceliac.org/acprevalence.html – (Alamo Celiac)

Q. What is the story on vinegar? Is it safe for celiacs?

“American Dietetic Association Revises Its Gluten-Free Guidelines“ – Distilled Vinegar is Safe for a Gluten-Free Diet” – http://www.celiac.com/articles/184/1/American-Dietetic-Association-Revises-Its-Gluten-Free-Guidelines---Distilled-Vinegar-is-Safe-for-a-Gluten-Free-Diet/Page1.html – (Celiac.com)

“Are All Vinegars Safe for Celiacs?” – http://www.enabling.org/ia/celiac/vinegar.html – (Gluten-Free Living)

“Vinegar: When Is It Gluten-Free?” – http://www.diet.com/dietblogs/read_blog.php?title=Vinegar%3A+When+Is+It+Gluten-Free%3F&blid=16123 – (diet.com – Living Gluten-Free)

Q.What about oats? Are oats safe for celiacs?

”Finding Gluten-Free Oats” – http://www.diet.com/dietblogs/read_blog.php?title=Controversial+Gluten-Free+Oats&blid=13541 – (diet.com – Living Gluten-Free)

”The Celiac Disease Oat Conundrum” – http://www.celiac.com/articles/21612/1/The-Celiac-Disease-Oat-Conundrum/Page1.html – (Celiac.com – European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

“The Molecular Basis for Oat Intolerance in Patients with Celiac Disease” – http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=523824 – (PLoS Med)

“Oats Intolerance in Celiac Disease” – http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=523841 – (PLoS Med)

”A Comparison of Diets with and without Oats in Adults with Celiac Disease” – http://www.celiac.com/st_prod.html?p_prodid=195&p_catid=14&sid=
91hH9H1U4K1k2Xf-10106315446.3a – (Celiac.com – New England Journal of Medicine)

Q.I have been told that celiacs may eat products containing spelt. Is this true?

“Gluten-Free? Spelt Is Wheat… Don’t Eat!” – http://www.diet.com/dietblogs/read_blog.php?title=Gluten-Free%3F+Spelt+Is+Wheat...+Don%92t+Eat%21&blid=14473&page=1; (diet.com – Living Gluten-Free)

Q.What are the best blood tests for celiac disease?

"What blood tests help diagnose celiac disease?" – http://www.jfponline.com/Pages.asp?AID=4626&UID – (Journal of Family Practice)

Q.Do I need follow-up testing even if I am conscientious about staying on a gluten free diet?

"Follow Up Testing" – http://www.celiacdisease.net/CeliacDisease/FollowUpTesting/tabid/85/Default.aspx – (University of Chicago Celiac Disease Program)

Q.What is the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act?

"Food Labeling Fact Sheet" –
http://www.americanceliac.org/ACDA%20Food%20Labeling%20Fact%20Sheet%2011-05Final.pdf – (American Celiac Disease Alliance)

Q.What is the Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO)?

“Gluten Free Certification Organization program announcement #8221; – http://www.acceliacfaqsgfco.html – (GIG)

“Gluten Free Certification Organization” – http://www.gfco.org/ – (GIG)

Q.My doctor says I can't have celiac disease because I am overweight. Is this true?

“Food Cravings, Obesity and Gluten Consumption” – http://www.celiac.com/st_prod.html?p_prodid=1347 – (Celiac.com)

“Celiac Disease and Obesity – There is a Connection” – http://www.celiac.com/st_prod.html?p_prodid=1346 – (Celiac.com)

Q.Does my child diagnosed with celiac disease need a bone scan for calcium malabsorption?

“Knowing means simplifying: gluten-free diet alone is enough to cure the bones of pediatric patients with celiac disease” – http://www.news-medical.net/?id=40276 – (News-Medical.net)

Q.What about a product called GlutenEase?

“A Product Called GlutenEase” – http://www.alamoceliac.org/acglutenease.htm – (Alamo Celiac)