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  • 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 I need to check that my medication is gluten-free? Are most non plastic straws made from a wheat ingredient?
  • Q: I've been reading a lot about plastic straws being swapped out for wheat/pasta/gluten-containing straws. Are most non-plastic straws made from a wheat ingredient? Being a celiac, is this one more thing we need to be aware of when dining out? Answer As we have become more aware of the negative environmental impacts of plastic straws, other alternatives have entered the market. Unfortunately, some of the eco-friendly straws may contain gluten, and this presents new challenges for those of us with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders. Straws to avoid: Straws made from wheat or rye straw (these are the
  • Q: Do I need to check that my medication is gluten-free? Answer You should always check anything you are ingesting, that includes medications. Gluten may be used as a binder or filler in medications, although this is rare according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).1 However, you should always check your medications for gluten-free (GF) status. It is important to note that labeling laws are different for medications than foods. Drug manufacturers do not have to disclose the top 8 allergens on the label or sources of starches and fillers. The FDA has issued a draft guidance for how
  • Perdue Foods LLC has recalled Simply Smart Organics Chicken Breast Tenders Gluten Free frozen chicken due to misbranding and containing undeclared allergens (gluten). Click here to read about this recall.  Multiple flavors of Popchips have been recalled due to potentially including product with levels of gluten in amounts that exceed Popchips’ specification as set by their gluten-free certification organization. Click here or here to read about this recall. Contact Popchips by email at snackers@popchips.com or by phone at 866-217-9327 for more information.
  • This recent study titled "Preparation of Gluten-Free Foods Alongside Gluten-Containing Food May Not Always Be as Risky for Celiac Patients as Diet Guides Suggest" will appear in Gastroenterology. The study looked into the importance of avoiding cross contact. Here is Gluten-Free Watchdog's comment on the study. Dr. Alessio Fasano from the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment discussing this study in this video. This study is titled "Gluten consumption during infancy tied to type 1 diabetes risk." This article discusses nutrients that are commonly missing in a GF diet.
  • Global Patients, a market research agency that engages patients to take part in scientific studies, is running a study in the US that aims to understand the experience of teenagers who have celiac disease. They will be asked to take part in a 60 minute in person interview and will be compensated with 150 USD. If you would like more info or are interested in participating, please contact us on Facebook or via email at rocio@global-patients.com
  • What's Happening Near You? Find an Event: Visit our Events Page to see upcoming events around the nation. This month features a dinner, monthly meetings, support groups, Expos and much more. If you are in the greater Boston area, don't miss BIDMC's evening Q&A session on October 15th. And stop by to see NCA at the Greater Boston Gluten-Free Expo in Burlington, MA on Sunday October 27th! Post an Event: Know about an event that we aren't aware of and want to share it with others? Add it to the calendar or send us an email and we'll add it to
  • Halloween is coming, and with it, there is a lot of candy around. Did you know that only the 1.55 oz Hershey bars are GF and not the mini or fun sizes? Did you know that the seasonally shaped treats such as Reese's pumpkins are not GF?  If your child cannot have gluten and/or if you would like to provide safe gluten-free treats for trick-or-treaters this Halloween, please visit the links below to view various Gluten-Free Halloween candy lists. Celiac Kids Connection GF Candy List Very Well Fit GF Candy List Living Well Mom's GF and NON- GF Candy Lists