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Do you have unanswered general nutrition questions about the gluten-free diet and lifestyle?

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Melinda Dennis MS, RDN, LDN

NCA Senior Nutrition Consultant

Melinda Dennis is NCA's Senior Dietitian Consultant and is happy to answer your 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. Questions related to children or teens (17 years old and under) will be sent to clinicians at Boston Children’s Hospital and may require more time.

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Note: This information is provided by NCA and Melinda Dennis, NCA's Senior Consulting Dietitian. 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. by providing this information.

Gluten-Free dining out while traveling to Italy?

Gluten-Free dining out while traveling to Italy?

We have a trip to Italy planned in a few months with a group and many prearranged meals. I am just now embarking on a gluten free diet on the suggestion of my doctor. I am wondering how to navigate in this new food arena?

Is Zithromax gluten-free?

Is Zithromax gluten-free?

Is Zithromax gluten-free? I can’t get a clear answer on this. Glutenfreedrugs.com lists it as gluten-free but my pharmacist says there may be small amounts or traces of gluten in suspension.

How do I convert my kitchen to a gluten-free one?

How do I convert my kitchen to a gluten-free one?

How do I convert my kitchen to a gluten-free one? My 19 month old granddaughter was recently diagnosed with celiac disease and we are trying to expedite our research and empower ourselves with knowledge to give her every advantage for a healthy life.

Do wheat grass and barley grass contain gluten?

Do wheat grass and barley grass contain gluten?

Do wheat grass and barley grass contain gluten? I always assumed they did because of their names. However, I have read online that the grasses do not have any gluten and are safe for celiacs.

Does eating non-organic farm raised meat cause celiac disease?

Does eating non-organic farm raised meat cause celiac disease?

If I eat meat/poultry/fish (non-organic/farm raised), would this trigger celiac disease?

Is alcohol made from grain safe for celiacs?

Is alcohol made from grain safe for celiacs?

I recently purchased a Nima gluten tester. However, it says on the package that it cannot be used to test products with alcohol. I purchased Anthimmune organic elderberry syrup…

Can I eat a lot of ice cream?

Can I eat a lot of ice cream?

Can I eat a lot of ice cream? I like ice cream… It’s not a great idea to eat a LOT of anything, especially a food so notorious for its sugar and fat content….

Are products “processed in a facility that also processes wheat” safe?

Are products “processed in a facility that also processes wheat” safe?

As you probably know, almost all packages of tree nuts now come with the disclaimer “processed in a facility that also processes wheat”. It is never followed by that wonderfully reassuring statement that careful manufacturing practices are followed…

Is it OK to be relaxed about the GF diet?

Is it OK to be relaxed about the GF diet?

A recent study states that hypervigilance to a gluten-free diet decreases your quality of life. Some people seem to think that it is OK to be more relaxed about following the GF diet. What is your advice?