Is maltodextrin in medications safe?

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 …

Does gluten transfer to breastmilk?

Q: My friend’s child, now over 2 and breastfeeding was just diagnosed with celiac disease. My friend would like to continue breastfeeding 2-3 times per day. Does she need to go gluten-free herself, does gluten transfer to breastmilk? Answer Although gliadin has been shown to transfer to breast milk (gliadin is the part of gluten that is harmful for people with …

Finding a GF probiotic

Q: What is the best gluten-free probiotic to take? I was diagnosed this last February and honestly don’t know how many live bacteria I should be using on a daily basis. Answer A great way to get probiotics naturally is from cultured foods. Foods such as kefir and fermented vegetables are usually a better way of getting probiotics than a supplement …

Can coffee cause stomach issues?

Q: Hello! My mother has celiac disease and is strictly on a gluten-free diet, yet she still has some stomach issues. This week I started reading about different people and articles saying that coffee could be causing that, as some coffee’s might be cross-contaminated with gluten. Is that true? I can’t find any scientific articles to test this theory out, …

Is tea gluten-free?

Q: Is tea gluten-free? Answer Most teas come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant and are naturally gluten-free provided they do not contain any added flavorings or other ingredients. Always read the label on anything you are going to ingest, including beverages such as tea. Look for a gluten-free label (many tea companies label the gluten-free status of …

Understanding gluten levels

Q: Hello, I work for a frozen pizza manufacturing company. We currently process gluten-free pizzas using crusts sourced from approved suppliers. We understand the gluten level limits specified under FDA (<20 ppm) and our current gluten-free certification (<10 ppm). As we look to expand our gluten-free production capabilities. Are there resources or studies available that show statistical data on gluten …

Couscous

Q: Is couscous gluten-free? Answer Couscous is not gluten-free. Couscous is made from semolina which comes from durum wheat. It would not be safe for someone with celiac disease or other gluten-related disorders. I use quinoa instead of couscous in recipes/salads etc. It works very well as a replacement and has the added benefit of being a very nutritious whole …

Elderberry syrup

Q: Is it safe to take an elderberry syrup supplement when you have celiac disease? Answer Elderberry strengthens the immune system which could potentially be a problem for people with autoimmune diseases such as celiac disease. Always ask your doctor before using any supplements that stimulate the immune system because there is a risk that it might trigger your autoimmune …

GF Hospital Food

Q: Do you have any suggestions for me to get GF food while I am in the hospital? Hospitals are required to provide you with gluten-free (GF) foods during your stay. Celiac disease (CD) is considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and as such they are required by law to accommodate the GF diet. For a …