Reading food labels is an important part of shopping for people with celiac disease, and registered dietitian Tricia Thompson, founder of Gluten Free Watchdog, says deciphering the labels can be a challenge for the newly diagnosed. "The learning curve is steep," Thompson says. The FDA is expected to finalize gluten-free labeling rules this year that will ban products that contain barley, wheat, rye or triticale and ingredients derived from them unless the gluten is removed.

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