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

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

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 …

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 …

How to gain weight

Q: I have celiac disease and I desperately need to gain weight. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! If you are struggling to gain weight, make sure you follow up with your gastroenterologist or doctor to monitor your celiac disease, as weight loss/poor weight gain can be a sign of malabsorption and damage to the small intestine. Your doctor can do a …

Bone broth

Q: I am reading about bone broth and its touted benefits for people with celiac disease. Do you recommend it and how should I take it? There has been a lot of hype about bone broth in recent years. However, at this time there is very limited research available on bone broth, so it is hard to say if it …

Confused about oats

Q: I have read both your & Gluten Free Watchdog’s statements on GF oats, purity protocols, testing methods, etc. My question is, if the product they are in is Certified Gluten Free, then do I really need to worry about what process was used? Because regardless, in the US, doesn’t the certification process mean that the product itself will have …

Crumbly foods

Q: Should I ask my family and friends not to bring crumbly cookies, bars and crackers to gatherings at our house? I feel as if the longer I am gluten free, the more sensitive I have become. Twice in the last couple of months, people have brought very, very crumbly cookies to get-togethers at our house. I do the cleaning …

Is celiac disease curable by medicine?

Q: Is celiac disease curable by medicine? There is currently no medication available to cure celiac disease. The only treatment available to manage celiac disease is a strict gluten-free diet. However, there are several medications that are being studied for celiac disease that may become available in the future: ImmusanT is working on a vaccine called Nexvax2 that aims to …

Airborne gluten

Q: Can a person with celiac disease have symptoms from airborne gluten? I was volunteering at a food pantry, I was putting bagels, cookies muffins into individual bags. I did have plastic gloves on, but today I was having some celiac symptoms. Gluten has to get into the GI tract to cause a reaction in celiac disease. Inhaling is one …