Categorized: Living With Celiac Disease

Does maltodextrin contain gluten?

Under the Food Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA), if an FDA-regulated food product contains maltodextrin and the maltodextrin contains protein derived from wheat, the word “wheat” must be included on the food label (e.g., maltodextrin (wheat)). If you don’t see the word wheat on an FDA-regulated product containing maltodextrin, the food product does not… Read more »

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Does corn contain gluten?

Numerous studies have failed to detect any immunogenicity by prolamines outside of wheat, barley, and rye. Therefore, corn doesn’t contain gluten, and neither do oats. Gluten is only found in the three orange boxes on the chart below. The term “corn gluten” is a misnomer, for it contains no gluten and is primarily used in… Read more »

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Do I need to have a follow-up test each time I get glutened?

Follow-up tests are intended to test whether there’s significant (and repeated) exposure to gluten. A mistake (or two) may cause symptoms, but they will only activate the disease for a short time, though it must be noted that each celiac responds differently. It’s the repeated exposure for the long-term that keeps the disease active enough… Read more »

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Is wheat grass gluten free?

Wheat grass is questionable if it’s produced in a facility on shared equipment with gluten-containing foods. If gluten free, it shouldn’t contain the protein portion of wheat, but we caution you to first ensure that it’s actually gluten free. This article on GlutenFreeDietitian.com provides an excellent explanation about wheat grass.

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Can wheat pollen in the air affect my daughter with celiac disease?

If in an environment where gluten is airborne on a regular basis (such as a bakery), it’s possible that gluten can be ingested from the air. However, in this case if annual blood screens are not showing elevated antibodies, then there’s no reason for concern.

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