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  • Q: I only get very mild symptoms from ingesting gluten despite being clinically diagnosed with celiac disease. How strict should I be with my diet? Cross-contamination doesn't usually bother me symptom-wise, but am I harming my body internally by not avoiding it more consciously? Answer The severity of symptoms can vary widely from person to person. However, people with celiac disease will still have damage to the intestine if they consume gluten, even if there are no outward symptoms. If you have celiac disease, we recommend you stay completely gluten-free to avoid complications. Generally, 10 mg gluten (per day) is
  • 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 their teas) and always contact the manufacturer if you are uncertain. Teas That Contain Gluten Some teas contain barley seed and those are not gluten-free. Barley seed can be mixed in with regular tea leaves or in herbal teas, as
  • 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 levels to consider for most severe cases (e.g. 20 ppm versus 10 ppm or 5 ppm)? Thank you! Answer The most frequently cited research that is used to determine gluten thresholds for people with celiac disease is a study by
  • The FDA recently issued temporary guidance which allows manufacturers to substitute certain ingredients without changing the labeling.  On behalf of several organizations, including NCA, GF Watchdog penned this letter to the FDA expressing our concern and urging the FDA to modify this guidance. For more information, visit GF Watchdog's page fully detailing the implications of this guidance for people with celiac disease. Call to Action: Please submit a comment to the docket (If that link doesn’t work, use this one instead.) You may use any portion of the letter submitted.
  • Do you have unanswered general nutrition questions about the gluten-free diet and lifestyle? 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.  Click Here to Ask a Question This month's answered questions: Understanding gluten levels Is tea gluten-free? How strict should I be if cross contamination (cross contact) doesn't bother me?
  • The FDA recently announced some temporary flexibility in product labeling. You can read about this here with all details here.  Gluten Free Watchdog addresses questions and shares concerns here. This Food Fraud is Real article includes a section on foods that are labeled gluten-free but contain gluten. Here is an update on GF facial misbranding and enforcement of GF claims from GF Watchdog. Vietti Ancho Chicken Chili with Beans and Porter Ale is marked GF but includes the ingredient porter ale (which has Malts (contains wheat) as a subingredient.) The manufacturer is working with the USDA on next steps. Click here
  • Maureen Leonard, MD, MMSc, answers the question Can Celiac Disease Affect Life Expectancy? on the Harvard Medical School blog. The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center released these Tips for Staying Gluten-Free Amid Coronavirus. 9 Meters Biopharma, Inc. has received Thorough QT Study Waiver for Larazotide. This pilot study looked at Persistent Organic Pollutant Exposure and Celiac Disease. This study looked at the Association Between Inflammatory Bowel Diseases and Celiac Disease. This study assesses the potential role of Bifidobacterium species, or "good" gut bacteria from the use of probiotic formulations, as a potential treatment for celiac disease.
  • NCA has uncovered an extreme lack of GF food in many food pantries across the US with COVID-19. NCA has been receiving increased requests for GF food assistance. Giving Gluten-Free is our pilot initiative to help get GF food to people who need it across the US by connecting GF food companies with area food pantries. We can't do this alone! Our thanks to the Celiac Centers at BIDMC & MGH and Tricia Thompson from the Gluten Free Watchdog for their generous efforts. Abby Kelly from Wicked Gluten Free kindly touched base with over 40 of her vendors, and Curtis