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  • Q: My mom has celiac disease and is 91, can she take the vaccination against Covid? Answer From what we currently know, there does not seem to be an increased risk for adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccination for those with celiac disease. However, your mother should discuss with her doctor/healthcare provider if vaccination is right for her based on her medical history. The Society for Study of Celiac Disease which is comprised of prominent celiac specialists and researchers say this about celiac disease and COVID-19 vaccination: “As the safety and efficacy data on Covid vaccination has emerged, there is no
  • Q: If a product does not state gluten free and the ingredients do not contain gluten that I can tell; is it ok to eat? Answer In general, we recommend to only consume products that are labeled gluten-free (this does not apply to things like fresh produce, but any processed foods, as well as naturally gluten-free grains and legumes need to be labeled.) If they are labeled gluten-free they have to adhere to the FDA threshold of less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten, which is considered safe for people with celiac disease. A study found that about 20%
  • Q: Do I have to worry about natural flavorings? Do they contain gluten? Answer If a food is labeled gluten-free you do not have to worry about natural flavorings, however if the food is not labeled gluten-free then you need to investigate further. The best way is to call the manufacturer directly and ask about natural flavorings. If they contain wheat they have to be disclosed on the label, however if they contain malt/barley or rye it does not have to be disclosed on the label, therefore it is important to contact the manufacturer and ask. Artificial flavorings contain chemical compounds
  • 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: Do natural flavorings contain gluten? Is it OK to eat a product that is not labeled gluten free? Can my 91 year old mother with celiac disease have the
  • This study looked at healthcare resource usage and costs in celiac disease and found evidence of a significant economic burden associated with having celiac disease. This NY Times article covers how eating the right foods may lead to a healthier gut. It states, "People who tended to eat minimally processed foods like vegetables, nuts, eggs and seafood were more likely to harbor beneficial gut bacteria." Note those items mentioned are naturally gluten-free foods!  This article features Dr. Alessio Fasano discussing the rising prevalence of celiac disease.
  • What's Happening Near You? Find an Event: Many of our events have gone virtual. Please visit our Events Page to see upcoming virtual events. Virtual Support Meetings: Virtual support group meetings hosted by NCA Resource People through Big Y Foods, Inc. will be held from 7 to 8 pm Eastern Time on the second Tuesday of each month. Join for open conversation about gluten-free living and have your nutrition questions answered by a registered dietitian. The meeting on March 9th will be presented by Jackie Durand Jordan, RD, CDN — Consulting Dietitian for Big Y Foods, Inc. Pre-registration is required: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqdOyupj0sG9BTUtvieTcmtUKGGxDjr_L5