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  • Celiac Symposium Goes Virtual! NCA and the Celiac Research Program at Harvard Medical School will co-host a 75-minute virtual meeting every month from September through December 2020. Speakers will present on selected topics for 60 minutes, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer period. All meetings will begin at 1 pm Eastern Time. CEUs pending for RDNs and RNs. Save the dates: Wednesday, September 23: From the Experts: Latest Guidance on COVID-19 and Celiac Disease Thursday, October 22: Cooking Gluten-Free with Demonstrations and 2020 Holiday Inspirations Thursday, November 19: How Good Nutrition Feeds Our Bodies and Minds Thursday, December 17: A New Perspective: The Psychology of Dealing with a
  • 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 celiac disease), it is likely in very small amounts. Unfortunately, there is very limited research available on this, but one study found that the amounts that transferred to breast milk varied widely among women. Of the 49 samples tested, all
  • Q: Are canker sores a symptom of celiac disease? Answer Yes, canker sores/mouth ulcers also referred to as recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS) are common in people with celiac disease and can be a symptom of celiac disease. Canker sores are thought to be related to nutritional deficiencies (iron, folate and B12) and diseases involving the immune system such as celiac disease, as well as stress and injuries to the tissues of the mouth. In a study of children with canker sores they found that 3% had celiac disease (1). That is triple the prevalence of the general population where about
  • 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 (gluten-containing part) removed. The straw itself does not contain gluten. However, I would recommend washing hands after handling straw or hay, especially before eating, as there may be a risk of cross-contact from any leftover grain. However, I do not
  • The FDA recently finalized the rule related to gluten-free labeling for foods containing fermented and hydrolyzed ingredients. Read the FDA update here. Read the FDA's Q&A here. Gluten-Free Watchdog has shared a series of posts about the FDA ruling: A basic summary Updated statement on malt, malt extract, malt syrup and other ingredients derived from malt Updated statement on soy sauce GF labeling of distilled foods and ingredients GF labeling of foods containing bacteria, enzymes and yeast grown on gluten-containing media Testing for gluten
  • What's Happening Near You? Find an Event: Many of our events have gone virtual. Please visit our Events Page and contact the organizer before heading out to any in person events. New Support Options: NCA welcomes new Resource People in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL, Leadville, CO and Portland, OR. Click here to learn more. 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
  • HEB Blue Cheese Salmon Burgers have been recalled due to undeclared wheat. Click here to read about this recall. Goodie Girl Magical Animal Crackers produced on 04/16/20 with a best by date of Jan 11 21 A3 are being recalled due to potential contamination with wheat. Click here to read about this recall. Certain units of Nature's Path Organic Mesa Sunrise cereal are being recalled due to contamination with wheat, barley and oats. Recalled items were distributed to KeHE/Tree of Life Bloomington, KeHE/Tree of Life Denver, KeHE/Tree of Life Flower Mound, United Natural Foods Chesterfield, United Natural Foods Greenwood, United
  • 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: Is inhaling dust particles from wheat straw risky? Are canker sores a symptom of celiac disease? Does gluten transfer to breastmilk?