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Gluten-free, sugar free bread?

Gluten-free, sugar free bread?

What is your Q?: I'm not sure what your question is. Please ask again with more details. Best wishes to you! ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Are gluten free foods healthier?

Are gluten free foods healthier?

Not necessarily : Of course by avoiding gluten many bad foods are excluded but being gluten free does not make it neccessarily more healthy then another product. ...Read more

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Gluten free sugar free diet, what to do?

Gluten free sugar free diet, what to do?

Gluten & sugar free : Stop eating wheat, barley, rye, and sugar. After a few days, you should start feeling better - even if you didn't feel bad to begin with. No one needs gluten and no one needs sugar. ...Read more

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How to do gluten free sugar free diet?

Gluten & sugar free : Stop eating wheat, barley, rye, and sugar. After a few days, you should start feeling better - even if you didn't feel bad to begin with. No one needs gluten and no one needs sugar. ...Read more

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What foods are staples in a dairy free and gluten free diet?

What foods are staples in a dairy free and gluten free diet?

Lots: There are many foods u can eat when avoiding dairy and gluten. Meats and vegetables and nuts and fruits and quinoa and beans are a good start! ...Read more

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Is vegan food free of dairy?

Is vegan food free of dairy?

Yes: By definition. If you want to become a vegan for moral reasons, be sure you know exactly what you are doing, and take the supplements you need, or you will ruin your health quickly. The vegan industry is full of both very good and upstanding people, and also shameless crooks and liars. Be warned. ...Read more

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Is oatmeal gluten free?

Is oatmeal gluten free?

Technically yes.: Realistically no. Unless it says certified gluten free on the label, oatmeal may be contaminated with wheat, rye or barley which contain gluten. ...Read more

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Does a gluten free diet help lower antibodies?

Does a gluten free diet help lower antibodies?

Not generally: Often a person on a gluten free diet makes fewer antibodies to gluten than people eating gluten. So, if you are having a blood test to diagnose celiac disease, don't stop gluten before the blood is drawn. Antibody production overall remains the same as long as one eats a balanced diet with good nutrition. The standard test for celiac disease is still the intestinal biopsy; eat gluten until then ...Read more

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Could weight watchers have a gluten free diet?

Could weight watchers have a gluten free diet?

GF Weight Watchers: You can certainly follow a weight watchers program and stay gluten-free! ...Read more

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How to balance a gluten and dairy free diet?

How to balance a gluten and dairy free diet?

Why do you ask?: Both diets are restrictive, and if you have self-prescribed for some demonstrated or subjective illness, you need to consider how this will affect you not only as a person who needs to eat an adequate diet, but as someone who will from time to time be a guest. If these are prescribed, your physician / dietician will be your guide. If you're just following online "advice", reconsider. ...Read more

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What's a list of wheat free/gluten free foods?

Gluten-free websites: There are many clearinghouse websites with gluten-free guides and information. Some of the best ones are http://www.Celiac.Org/, http://www.Celiac.Com/, http://www.Csaceliacs.Info/, http://www.Glutenfreediet.Ca/handouts.Php. ...Read more

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Will gluten free diet shrink a thyroid nodule?

Will gluten free diet shrink a thyroid nodule?

No: No. There is little you can do to shrink a nodule. Some docs put you on levothyroxine to "rest" the thyroid in the hopes it will shrink, but it usually does not work. If the nodule is benign (needs ultrasound and biopsy), don't worry about it. See your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Best site for gluten free foods and recipes?

Whole LIfe Nutrition: One of my personal favorites is whole life nutrition blog and cookbooks http://www.Nourishingmeals.Com/. ...Read more

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Wheat allergy & mostly (not 100%) gluten free diet. Still has gastro issues. Doc testing for Celiac. W/ mostly gluten-free diet will test b accurate?

?which test ?: Testing for celiac varies. There are blood tests, which can show positive with small amounts of gluten intake. (1/10 of a slice of bread)The most dramatic and accepted confirmatory test for celiac disease is a small intestine biopsy. The biopsy test would be most reliable when someone has had a gluten challenge. ...Read more

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Will going gluten free help ibs?

Will going gluten free help ibs?

Not necessaily: A gluten free diet should not help ibs, but those with celiac disease. There are cases where if the person is already on gluten free that the diagnosis will be missed. . If you are helped by being gluten free talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease symptoms resolve after following a gluten free diet?

Celiac: They definitely should improve drastically if you are able to stick with a 100% gluten-free diet. ...Read more

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Why would a endoscopy not detect celiacs disease on a gluten free diet for a month?

Time to heal: Celiac disease is a reaction of the small intestine to the gluten protein in wheat, barley, and rye. Inflammation & other changes are seen on biopsy. However, inflammation can occur for other reasons, &blood tests are not 100% accurate. So, if blood tests are not revealing, one approach is 1mo off gluten. If biopsy shows improvement, then likely Celiac disease. If no change, may be something else. ...Read more

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Wheat allergy & mostly (not 100%) gluten free diet. Still has gastro issues. Doc testing for Celiac. W/ mostly gluten-free diet will test b accurate?

?which test ?: Testing for celiac varies. There are blood tests, which can show positive with small amounts of gluten intake. (1/10 of a slice of bread)The most dramatic and accepted confirmatory test for celiac disease is a small intestine biopsy. The biopsy test would be most reliable when someone has had a gluten challenge. ...Read more

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Is it possible to still get a celiac diagnosis on the gluten free diet?

Is it possible to still get a celiac diagnosis on the gluten free diet?

More difficult: The blood test on a gluten-free diet may yield false -negative results . But if it is still positive, it would be helpful. A small intestine biopsy would be the best bet but may appear normal if you have avoided gluten long enough. ...Read more

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Is it easy to keep a gluten free diet if you have celiacs?

No: Many products use gluten as a thickening agent so it is very important that you read all labels before buying. A gluten free diet demands dedication and persistence. ...Read more

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What happens if gluten free diet is not observed in celiac disease?

What happens if gluten free diet is not observed in celiac disease?

Celiac disease: There are several risks by not keeping the diet. This is a comprehensive overview. Also, a gastroenterologist can answer all of these questions. http://www.celiaccentral.org/Celiac-Disease/21/ ...Read more

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Can celiac disease symptoms resolve after following a gluten free diet?

Celiac: They definitely should improve drastically if you are able to stick with a 100% gluten-free diet. ...Read more

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What is the value of a gluten-free diet for people who don't have celiac disease?

What is the value of a gluten-free diet for people who don't have celiac disease?

Less leaky gut: Gluten tends to increase gut permeability, which is bad. It does this in everyone, not just those who are celiac. Wheat is also sprayed with round-up, and not eating it means less toxic exposure. ...Read more

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Gluten free diet. Is this a fad? Is there any point if you don't have celiac disease?

Gluten free diet. Is this a fad? Is there any point if you don't have celiac disease?

Food sensitivities: Some with GI distress feel better if they eliminate foods from their diet. Recently, the low-fodmaps diet is gaining traction for decreasing food hypersensitivity symptoms (these are not allergies!). Wheat based foods may be harder to digest, pull water into the gut, get fermented by bacteria and therefore increase gas in the gut. Stretch of the gut wall by fluids and gas cause GI symptoms. ...Read more

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Is a gluten free diet helpful even if you don't have celiac disease or any condition?

I don't see why: Following a gluten free diet is incredibly difficult and expensive. Obviously, if you are sensitive to gluten and it causes GI symptoms, you will benefit greatly. But there is no significant evidence that such a diet will help you lose weight, boost energy or be healthier. While giving up a lot of carbs (bread/pasta/cereal/pizza/beer) may help weight loss, you can do it with fewer restrictions. ...Read more

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Is a gluten-free diet a healthy alternative for someone that doesn't have celiac disease?

Is a gluten-free diet a healthy alternative for someone that doesn't have celiac disease?

Certainly but....: ... For children this is an unbelievably restricted diet. It is very difficult to sdhere to.In a study where parents were asked whether medicine or the diet was effective, where both would work, the choice by the parents was the medicine by a clear margin. ...Read more

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I’m not responding to a gluten free diet for celiac disease, would grain free be helpful?

Hard to say: Living gluten free is difficult. You may be avoiding obvious things like wheat,barley and rye but be exposed in other products.Even a trace amount found in things like beer & soy sauce can set your system back months.You may identify other agents you are intolerant to, like #40 red dye in any food/beverage. You may also have cross reactions to other foods (IgA) that could be identified with tests. ...Read more

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Can not going on a gluten free diet when you have celiac disease cause any other health problems?

Can not going on a gluten free diet when you have celiac disease cause any other health problems?

Yes: The problem is malabsorption of food and essential vitamins which can lead to many other complications (neurologic, hematologic, bone etc )and even death. The only treatment is avoidance at this time. The problem with a gluten free diet is that gluten free products often contain more sugar and fat to keep the consistency moist. ...Read more

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Are there any reliable tests for celiac disease that can be performed while on a gluten free diet?

Are there any reliable tests for celiac disease that can be performed while on a gluten free diet?

Genetic test: The only testing that can be done on a gluten free diet is the genetic test. People with particular hla types are at higher risk for celiac disease. Screening for risk can be done on a gluten free diet, however, with a risk result, celiac cannot be diagnosed without the positive biopsy or positive antibody test. However, then your doctor could decide if further testing with gluten diet indicate. ...Read more

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What happens if individuals who are suffering from celiac disease don't respond to gluten free diet?

Recheck diagnosis: If a person with celiac disease does not get well on a gluten-free diet, his doctors can re-evaluate to see if he truly has celiac disease, if his diet is really completely gluten-free, or if he has a second problem causing the symptoms that were believed to be caused by celiac disease. ...Read more

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In celiac disease how much time does it take for the histopathoological changes to normalise once gluten free diet is started?

Usually: About 6 months. However, every person' body heals differently. It is reported about that it can take up to 2 years to normalize. But, if there is any exposure to gluten, the changes may still be persistent. It is helpful to monitor serum ttg antibody levels, once they normalize, rebiopsy on about 6 months. Repeat biopsies should continue to be read in the same lab so slides can be compared. ...Read more

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I have celiac disease and am on a gluten free diet, but all of a sudden I have almost no appetite. Is this normal for people with celiac?

I have celiac disease and am on a gluten free diet, but all of a sudden I have almost no appetite. Is this normal for people with celiac?

Possibly but: it may also be possible that the limited choice of food makes eating unappetizing to you. Loss of appetite has many causes including depression. Be sure that your diet is nutritionally sound and enlist the help of a dietitian if necessary. ...Read more

Gluten (Definition)

Wheat barley rye contains gluten, a protein molecule that in susceptible people can cause reactions and long term illness. There is celiac, the most well known and severe gluten disease. There is gluten sensitivity, affecting more people, but usually milder. There is wheat allergy, less common than the others. The treatment, for now, is to avoid all gluten in ...Read more


Dr. Liesa Harte
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Gluten Free Diet (Definition)

Because Celiac Disease is an intolerance to gluten, identifying and avoiding gluten in the diet is ...Read more