Ask Questions About Nutrition and Celiac Disease

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
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Katarina Mollo MEd, RDN, LDN

NCA 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.

Please note: Questions submitted in July 2019 will be addressed in or after August.

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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.

Support for a low FODMAP diet

Support for a low FODMAP diet

Q: I have celiac disease and follow the gluten-free diet. I also have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Where can I find online support for following the Low FODMAP diet? First, a very brief review of the Low FODMAP Diet:  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be a co-existing disorder found in patients with celiac disease and other diseases where the motility

Electric food smokers

Electric food smokers

Q: Are electric meat smokers safe for celiac patients? We have learned charcoal and propane may not be safe. Electric smoker uses and electric element similar to an electric oven with woods skips for the smoke taste. The issue with charcoal is if you use briquettes, as they may contain wheat starch. If you use briquettes there is a chance (although small) that

Reducing salt and sugar in GF foods

Reducing salt and sugar in GF foods

Q: Gluten-free food has too much salt and sugar, any suggestions? Yes, it is true that gluten-free processed foods often have higher salt and sugar content than their regular counterparts. The food industry loves to add those in to increase the palatability of the food. Here are some things you can do to optimize nutrition and reduce salt and sugar:

Dietary supplements to help with hair loss

Dietary supplements to help with hair loss

Q: Are there dietary supplements to help with hair loss? I have been gluten-free for decades, but in the last 3 years or so am experiencing significant scalp hair loss. Hair loss can be due to multiple causes, below are the most common ones: I would recommend that you see your doctor to evaluate your hair loss and have appropriate

Interpreting a high IgG and negative IgA test result.

Interpreting a high IgG and negative IgA test result.

Q: If someone [with celiac disease] has a positive (high) IGG result and a negative IGA result what does that mean? In short, not much. To answer this question, let’s assume that the question is referring to the IgG antigliadin antibody (IgG-AGA) and the IgA antigliadin antibody (IgA-AGA) tests.  These two anti-gliadin antibody tests were the first tests developed for

Confusion about food labeling

Confusion about food labeling

Q: I am so confused about food labeling. Is it ok to consume something that just says gluten free and therefore being under 20ppm? Are we supposed to buy just strictly certified gluten free products? Food labeling can definitely be confusing when it comes to determining if a food is gluten-free. If a food is labeled gluten-free it has to