Gluten-Free Frequently Asked Questions

Eating a Gluten-Free Diet is the cure for people with Celiac Disease.

What can't you eat?

Gluten. Gluten is found in wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye and triticale. Oats are controversial.

Is Rice Gluten-Free?


Are Potatoes Gluten-Free?


Is Soy Sauce Gluten-Free?

San-J Tamari Soy Sauce is. Most soy sauce is not, its ingredients are Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt. Wheat is used to ferment soy sauce rapidly.

Can I use the same utensil to cut a normal pizza and then a gluten-free pizza?

No, this is called Cross Contamination. You have now put wheat gluten on a gluten-free pizza.

Will I lose weight if I go on a Gluten-Free diet?

The Gluten-Free diet is not a weight loss diet. Most fried foods are breaded which will help you cut those out of your diet. You still need to make healthy food choices, practice portion control, and exercise if you want to go on a weight loss diet.

How can you test for Celiac Disease?

A simple blood test can diagnose the probability of celiac. An endoscopy will be performed if the blood test is positive to do a biopsy. The villi in your small intestine will most likely be damaged if you have celiac disease.

Is Celiac Disease Genetic?

Yes. It is also possible to have celiac without any other family members being diagnosed, testing has not been done until recently.

How do you know if something is Gluten-Free?

Read the ingredients label and check the manufacturers website. Naturally gluten-free products are a great place to start. Some ingredients are not as straightforward such as modified food starch, you must make sure it is derrived from corn not wheat. Malt is made from barley. Some manufacturers are better than others about listing wheat as an allergy, but most do not list "contains gluten". The United States has no labeling laws regarding gluten. Manufacturers also occasionally reformulate their products, occasionally re-checking labels of products you always buy is a good idea.

Is Gluten-Free the same as Vegan, Vegetarian, Lactose Intolerance, etc...?

No, no, no, and no...


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