Ask Questions About Nutrition and Celiac Disease
Do you have unanswered general nutrition questions about the gluten-free diet and lifestyle?
Melinda Dennis MS, RDN, LDNNCA Senior Nutrition Consultant
Katarina Mollo MEd, RDN, LDNNCA Director of Education
Our dietitians are happy to answer your general nutrition questions about celiac disease. Please submit questions that are applicable to a general gluten-free audience. We regret that personal clinical questions (medical history, labs, supplements, etc.) cannot be addressed.
Time allowing, every effort will be made to answer all submitted questions. Some questions may be chosen to be anonymously included in the e-newsletter also posted on this website and/or the Gluten-Free Nation print magazine.
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Note: This information is provided by NCA and Melinda Dennis, NCA's Senior Consulting Dietitian or Katarina Mollo, MEd, RDN, LDN, NCA's Director of Education. This information is meant for educational purposes and is not intended to substitute for personalized medical advice or replace any medical advice provided directly to you by your health care provider. This information can be printed and used in consultation with your physician or dietitian. No liability is assumed by NCA, Ms. Dennis or her nutrition consulting service Delete the Wheat, LLC. or Katarina Mollo, MEd, RDN, LDN by providing this information.
Q: Can I use the same oven for gluten-free foods as regular foods? Answer You do not need to use a dedicated gluten-free oven, however here are some tips to prevent cross-contact: Avoid cooking gluten-containing foods and gluten-free foods together in the oven – do it separately. Make sure to clean any surface your food will touch before using the
Q: Are hand sanitizers gluten-free? I am using a lot of hand sanitizer now during the COVID-19 pandemic. Do I need to worry about this? Answer Fortunately, most hand sanitizers do not contain gluten. Hand sanitizers usually contain alcohol as the active ingredient in addition to water, fragrance, glycerin, and other skin moisturizers (these may contain gluten). Hand sanitizers need
Q: How will the new labeling rule from FDA about fermented and hydrolyzed foods affect gluten-free labeling? Answer In August 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule to establish requirements in regard to gluten-free labeling for foods that are fermented, hydrolyzed or contain fermented or hydrolyzed ingredients. It is important to note that gluten-free labeling has
Q: Is celiac disease hereditary? I have a sibling and an adult child who have celiac disease Answer Yes, celiac disease is a genetic disease and hereditary, so if you have a relative with the disease the risk is higher to have it. Prevalence of celiac disease: 1st degree relative with celiac disease (parent, child, sibling): 1 in 22 2nd
Q: Is maltodextrin found in US pharmaceuticals considered safe for those with celiac disease? I am finding conflicting information. Answer Maltodextrin is a starch hydrolysate that is almost always made from corn in the US, but can also be made from wheat, potato or rice. However, even if maltodextrin is derived from wheat, it is generally considered safe for people
Q: Could you clarify for me the different ways to test for celiac disease? If you have been GF for a while, would a biopsy then not indicate celiac disease? If you could educate me on the diagnostic tests for celiac disease AFTER you have been GF for a period it would be greatly appreciated! Answer Generally, testing for celiac