FeaturesApr/May 2012 Issue

Celiac Disease

Myth-busting answers to your questions about life without gluten

Living with special dietary needs requires a spirit of adventure and a willingness to try new tastes. It also demands patience, planning and an understanding of certain medical, dietary and lifestyle situations that regularly occur. Whether you’re newly diagnosed with celiac disease or an old hand on the gluten-free diet, there are still myths about the diet that seem to have a life of their own, apart from medicine or even common sense.

What are the hot topics regularly raised by people with celiac disease? We attended support group meetings and food expos across the country and polled doctors and dieticians to determine your chief concerns. Here are some of your top questions—and answers from the experts.

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Comments (3)

Your answer regarding the cost of gluten-free food is really disappointing. Not only have you NOT answered the question - but you've made it sound like we are all a bunch of idiots. 'Hiding in plain sight'. Really?

The cost of any specialty food is never going to go down just by buying it in bulk or buying it fresh. You - might - see a few cents difference in bulk - but the cost to begin with makes that rather prohibitive unless you have lots of extra money on hand.

Of course the main ingredient - gluten free flours of any sort are where they really hit the pocketbook - so how you can say that making your own is going to be cheaper - is not helpful. The cost of any gf flour as compared to your average flour - doesn't even compare does it.

If you want to make money - manufacture specialty food.

Posted by: Aims | June 24, 2015 1:30 AM    Report this comment

"Of course, people with virulent food allergies have a much more challenging situation than those with celiac disease since their reaction to food can be immediate and life threatening."

THIS is very incorrect as my child's reaction to GLUTEN is immediate & anaphylactic. Please don't downplay the seriousness of celiac disease and gluten intolerance, as it can be just as serious as any other reaction. It's bad enough having to deal w/all of the misinformed people out there & the ignorant comments they make, but to add insult to injury is when someone who is supposed to KNOW better makes a ridiculous comment. All it takes is a few crumbs & my child reacts. Not serious?! I can assure you that it is.

Posted by: wisemama | June 23, 2015 11:49 PM    Report this comment

Thank you for printing this article. The account of the daughter who "improved quite a bit on the gluten-free diet but not all the way" is a story my family can relate to. Because of this article, we began to paid closer attention to one family member who has celiac disease and who while improving a bit, wasn't improving a lot. After what we felt was a necessary trip to the gastroenterologist, this family member was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. We were shocked. We're hoping that you might print an article about this condition someday, as reliable information about it is hard to find. Thank you again for printing this article.

Posted by: Bunny H | May 27, 2012 8:59 PM    Report this comment

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