Last month, I attended the International Celiac Disease Symposium and am just now getting around to blogging about my journey for the last few weeks. After leaving ICDS, I flew straight to Baltimore and attended Natural Products Expo East. As soon as I got home, I packed our entire house and prepared my staff and business for my relocation to Northern Virginia!
We moved into our new apartment this weekend, my husband started his new job yesterday and I finally feel like I’m getting settled. The home-sickness is wearing off and I’m exploring the area more and more each day. But, in the meantime I owe you all about 10 blog posts!
Let’s get cranking with debunking gluten myths!
The ICDS 2013 was filled with speakers from all over the world who are medical professionals and experts on celiac disease. They discussed the current research and gave us the down low on all things gluten-free and celiac disease. One of the most exciting segments of the conference was “debunking the myths.” Finally, some answers to age-old questions that I am asked frequently with answers straight from the doctor’s mouth!
- Can you drink coffee on a gluten-free diet? Is there a protein in coffee that can cross react with gluten?
- Answer: Yes! You can enjoy your coffee. In fact, the coffee flowed everywhere during this conference. Could you have another, separate problem with coffee or caffeine? Yes! But, it is not linked with gluten or celiac as a cross reactive food.
- Can you diagnose celiac disease with just a blood test?
- Answer: No. Absolutely Not. Diagnosis requires much more than a blood test. See my earlier blog post on the 4 of 5 tests needing completed to confirm a diagnosis. If someone diagnoses you based on a blood test, find a new doctor.
- Corn? Can you eat corn while living a gluten-free diet? Is corn protein harmful for individuals with celiac or non celiac gluten sensitivity?
- Answer: Enjoy your corn. Dr. Fasano said, “There is absolutely no proof, no evidence that corn is harmful.” Again, could you have separate issues with corn? Yes.
- How common is non celiac gluten sensitivity?
- Answer: The doctors have no clue. Very new diagnosis and still in the learning phase.
- Has there been a gene linked to non celiac gluten sensitivity?
- Answer: No. Only for celiac disease.
- Are pills like Gluten Ease or other gluten enzyme pills found at health stores and pharmacies okay to take?
- Answer: Absolutely not. Never. There is never ever ever a reason to take these enzymes. They are totally unjustified by the lack of evidence. Nothing on the market helps digest gluten. There are products in the works.
- Is gluten making you fat?
- Answer: No. As a matter of fact, people it’s been found that the more wheat you eat, the less fat you are. (for those of us living with the ability to digest gluten)
- Is a gluten-free diet making me fat?
- Answer: Depends on what you are eating and how much. 40% of people are overweight at the time of their celiac diagnosis. Patients tend to gain weight after celiac diagnosis based on better absorption of food. Essential to work with a healthcare team, which includes a dietician to create a health and wellness plan for after diagnosis. Stick with whole foods.
All of this information was presented by medical doctors. I am just passing along the information that was giving at the International Celiac Disease Symposium! I hope this is helpful to you and your journey with gluten-free living and celiac disease.