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  • Q: Are schools required to provide GF meals during the COVID-19 pandemic? Answer The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has enabled the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO) across all 50 states, as well as DC, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, to serve non-congregate meals at school sites during school closures related COVID-19. Those who are eligible for free or reduced meals are still eligible to receive assistance under this provision. National Celiac Association (NCA) reached out to the  Massachusetts Department of Education in regard to specialized meals, and
  • Q: Do you have any suggestions for me to get GF food while I am in the hospital? Answer 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 planned hospital stay, we recommend: Communicate with the hospital ahead of time. Contact their nutrition department and ask them about availability of GF foods and procedures. Bring your own food if there are specific things that you want to
  • Please see our COVID-19 page for the latest information. We know many of you are worried about the coronavirus and how it affects those with celiac disease. At this time there is no evidence to suggest that someone with well-controlled celiac disease would be more vulnerable to the coronavirus than the general population. People with active celiac disease may be more susceptible to infections in general. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease and, in and of itself, is not considered an immunocompromising condition. People with celiac disease should follow the guidelines for coronavirus from their health care provider as well
  • Q: Do I need to check that my supplements are gluten-free? Answer Yes, you should always check the gluten-free (GF) status of anything you are ingesting and that includes supplements. Gluten may be used as a binder or filler in supplements. Always make sure that the supplement is labeled GF. Supplements that are labeled GF have to contain less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten per the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The most efficient way to find out if a product is gluten-free is to read the ingredient label carefully. If it is not clear if the
  • Q: What are the best foods to eat after being "glutened"? Answer Getting exposed to gluten is no fun and can happen to any of us despite our best efforts. Unfortunately, there is not much one can do once gluten has accidentally been ingested, but here are some tips that might be helpful for recovery following a gluten exposure: Make sure to drink plenty of fluids (at least 64 fl. oz per day). Many times, a gluten exposure will cause vomiting and/or diarrhea. It is important to replace any fluids lost to help the body recover and avoid dehydration. Some
  • Q: Why do I weigh more since going gluten-free? Answer A side-effect of going on the gluten-free (GF) diet is sometimes weight gain. It could be due to several things: You are absorbing more nutrients and calories due to the fact that your small intestine has healed - which is a good thing! But sometimes this requires an adjustment in intake to keep weight within a healthy range. GF foods tend to be higher in fat, sugar, salt and calories. The food manufacturers love to add these to increase the palatability of GF foods, especially baked goods. A serving size
  • Sierra Soups Pasta e Fagioli: There is an allergy alert for this product because it is labeled gluten-free but it contains a package of pasta that contains gluten. Click here to read about this alert. New Capstone Vanilla Protein Powder: There is an allergy alert for this product because it contains undeclared milk. However, it is labeled gluten-free and contains barley seed powder. Click here to read about this alert. Bart's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream: This product is labeled GF but contains wheat. Click here to read about this. Sweet Bourbon's Crunchers Pretzels: This product is labeled GF