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 …

Inhaling dust particles from wheat straw

Q: Is inhaling dust particles from wheat straw risky? I have a horse who has straw in his stable, which generated quite a lot of dust when mucking out. Will inhaling the dust particles from the straw cause a problem? Answer Wheat straw is usually a harvest byproduct that is left over after wheat has been thrashed and the grain …

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 …

Finding a dietitian

Q: My daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease last May. We removed all gluten from her diet, but would like to see a dietitian to help us. How can we find a dietitian that is knowledgeable about celiac disease? Answer Seeing a dietitian skilled in celiac disease and the gluten-free diet is an integral part of getting started on the …

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 …

Weight gain

Q: Why do I weigh more since going gluten-free? A side-effect of going on the gluten-free (GF) diet is sometimes weight gain. It could be due to several things: Here are some tips to stay healthy on a GF diet: Decreasing sugar: https://nationalceliac.org/celiac-disease-questions/how-can-i-find-gluten-free-items-with-less-sugar/ Decreasing salt: https://nationalceliac.org/celiac-disease-questions/reducing-salt-and-sugar-in-gf-foods/ How to increase fiber in the GF diet: Eat less processed GF foods and …

Playing on wheat straw

Q:  I recently became aware that my child’s after school program used wheat straw in their outdoor play area. I doubt parents think of straw as a problem in the outdoor environment. I did not see much on the internet about this type of exposure. I’m guessing many parents would not think of this. Great question, I can understand your …

Assisted Living Facilities and GF Meals

Q: What is the best approach to take in regard to the gluten-free diet in considering a move to an assisted living facility?  Many offer a meal plan and that can be a problem for a person with celiac disease. So many will respond “oh our chef is really great and he/she can handle this request.” It can be very …

Eating GF when traveling abroad

Q: I’ll be traveling abroad three times in the next year and while I’m excited, I feel worried about food availability while traveling. I really don’t want to get sick while in a foreign country. Do you have any tips for traveling with celiac disease? Traveling while staying gluten-free (GF) can be a daunting task, but is possible with a …