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  • Q: I know that natural flavoring may contain gluten, but what about artificial flavoring and coloring. Are they gluten-free?AnswerArtificial flavorings and artificial colorings contain chemical compounds and are considered gluten free. However, note that some people may react to artificial flavors and/or colors for different reasons such as sensitivities and/or allergies. As a general guideline, I always recommend that you only consume foods that are labeled gluten free (unless they are plain natural unprocessed GF whole foods). Foods that are labeled gluten free have to adhere to the FDA limit of 20 parts per million of gluten, which is considered
  • Q: Do you have to have a dedicated gluten-free kitchen when you have celiac disease?AnswerNo, it is not required to have a completely gluten-free kitchen. Some have an all gluten-free kitchen, others have some gluten-containing items for other family members. However, it is definitely best if family meals that are eaten together are gluten free as it is a risk to prepare gluten-containing items near gluten-free foods, especially loose flour. You should never bake gluten-free and gluten-containing items at the same time. Flour easily gets everywhere and can contaminate other foods. Studies have found that people with celiac disease can react
  • Q: I find it hard around the holidays when having to go to other people’s houses to eat. Do you have any advice on how to stay safe eating at other people’s houses?AnswerGoing to eat at other people’s houses can definitely feel daunting at times. Planning ahead and having good communication with the host are definitely key aspects of staying safe and gluten free during holidays and celebrations away from home. Here are some tips to make holidays and celebrations easier: Contact the host and let them know about your need to eat gluten free. Make sure you contact them