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Shelley Case, RD

GF Diet Without Celiac

By Shelley Case, RD

Q. Are there health benefits to reducing or eliminating gluten from a diet – even if you don’t have celiac disease? Gluten-free foods are popping up everywhere and the gluten-free diet is being promoted for everything that ails you. In order to separate the “wheat from the chaff” let’s look at the facts. Celiac Disease …

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Shelley Case, RD

Getting Enough Fiber on the Gluten-Free Diet

By Shelley Case, RD

Q: How do I get enough fiber in a gluten-free diet? A: Eating enough fiber is very important for people with celiac disease. Dietary fiber is the part of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes (dried beans, peas and lentils) that cannot be broken down by the digestive tract. Fiber helps maintain regular …

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Shelley Case, RD

Are Oats OK on the Gluten-Free Diet?

By Shelley Case, RD

Q. I’m confused about the use of oats in the gluten-free diet. I thought oats were not safe but now I hear they are allowed. What’s the truth?

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Alice Bast

Busting Through Gluten’s Myths

By Alice Bast

From gluten content levels to the risks of skin lotions, a lot of fiction gets mashed into gluten-free “facts”. Even our wise celiac disease community can fall prey to fiction that circulates in the media or misconceptions from confusing terminology. It’s time to dispel some of the top myths. Celiac disease is on the rise because today’s wheat is …

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Alice Bast

Why You Should Test For Celiac Before Going Gluten Free

By Alice Bast

What seems like a harmless experiment could do more harm than good. A few years ago, a gluten-free manufacturer approached me to partner on a major social media campaign. The theme: “Try a gluten-free diet for two weeks and see how you feel.” I said no. While the promotion probably would have helped certain people identify symptoms that suggest a …

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Alice Bast

How to Reduce the Risk of Cross-Contact of Gluten when Dining Out

By Alice Bast

How many times have you closed your eyes, taken a bite and thought: “I hope this doesn’t make me sick?” For those of us with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, that question arises every time we put food in our mouths. Dietary compliance can seem like a black-and-white issue. You either stick to your diet, or you don’t. But there is a gray area, …

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Shelley Case, RD

A Fresh Take on Ancient Grains

By Shelley Case, RD

The term “ancient grains” has no official definition, but it’s quickly become a catchphrase among food manufacturers for cereal grains (seeds of grasses) and pseudograins (seeds of non-grass plants) that have remained unchanged for millennia. We enjoy them today just as Incan, Aztec and African civilizations have for thousands of years, with full nutrition intact. But …

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