Eating Gluten Free FAQs

2 Feb

At the beginning of the year, we often reflect on changes we can make that will improve our lives and our personal well being. So it’s not a surprise that many individuals choose to lower or eliminate gluten from their diet and Celiacs look to focus on safer eating habits.

Our New Years Goal Is to Organize More Gluten Free Awareness, Activity & Recognition Within the Sacramento area to support individuals with dietary restrictions. We aim to make Sacramento the most gluten free friendly city in California.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Gluten?

  • Gluten is the outer casing of wheat, rye, barley & due to crop rotation is a part of commercial oats (unless tested in seed, sprout and production)

What Does the Term Gluten Free Mean?

  • Generally gluten free means free of gluten, but due to factory production of food and commercial shipping from farm to grocer, the term gluten free has grown to mean below 20ppm.  The Federal Drug Administration FDA is working on regulating the term.
  • Gluten Free does not mean Free From Gluten and this makes it difficult for the gluten allergic, intolerant and individuals with Celiac Disease.
  • Certification Agencies help us understand food safety:
  • GFCO is a gf symbol with a circle around it and is a regulation facility that trains companies and tests their products at below 10ppm at least 2 times a year.
  • CSA is a circle with a cross over a wheat symbol and means the product tests below 5ppm, it used to mean it was made in a dedicated gluten free facility as well, but this is no longer true.
  • Contacting a vendor regarding manufacturing processes can also be helpful. Good questions to ask include:

What Ingredients Have Gluten In Them?

The list of gluten containing products is large and should be used as a dictionary at all times. Reading a label for it’s gluten free status is difficult when their are many ingredients, so keep it simple and Michael Pollan like at first (5 ingredients or less). Shopping at Farmer’s Markets helps, but get their early before people start eating their pastries over the fresh veggie and fruit sections.

How Do I Know If a Product Has Gluten In It? What questions should I ask?

Questions to ask a food manufacturer:

Questions to ask a restaurant:

Is a Gluten Free Product Heathier then Gluten Products?

Many gluten free products are made locally and by small suppliers and are therefore fresher than what you find in corporate markets.  Not all gluten free products are equal, some are healthier than others. If your interested in learning more about eating a healthy gluten free diet tune in to Dietitian Meghan O’Hara’s classes every month at GFS Grocery.


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