Gluten Free: The Celiac Site

Gluten Free: The Celiac Site Gluten Free: the Celiac Site serves America's Gluten Free Community by:
1. Compiling lists of information useful to people who live, eat, shop, entertain, and cook gluten free.
2. summarizing and presenting information that is useful to the gluten free community.
3. helping celiacs and others living gluten free sift through the vast amount of constantly-changing information that is available to them on the internet.

PLEASE NOTE: I've lived with celiac disease for ten years and written about gluten free topics for eight years. However, I have no academic or medical credentials. Therefore, I relay information and express personal opinions, but I do not give advice. All decisions are the responsibility of the individual. This disclaimer is particularly important since errors and obsolete information occasionally creep into material posted on the internet.

11 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Is Monosodium Glutemate (MSG) Gluten Free?

Bottom line: There may be other reasons to avoid MSG, but gluten is not one of them.” NOTE: I am currently working on this article. Try again tomorrow. Have a good day. pAUL

11 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments


“Silent Celiac Disease” drove me into early retirement , even though — I assume— the term does not exist in the medical text books. I was constantly tired, chronically unable to swallow, habitually constipated, and counting the days until my eagerly-awaited retirement. I had been a US government employee working in Germany and loving the beer, the wurst, and the mouthwatering European bread and pastries. Fortunately, I was cured shortly after retiring, returning to America, and learning the meaning of the term “asymptomatic”. Click here and/or here to learn the meaning to the this word-of-wisdom.

06 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

What Foods are Gluten Free?

These articles target people who have decided to eliminate gluten from their diets. Your concern is HOW not WHY.

>>> The United States government has issued regulations for labeling packages “gluten free”: the food within them must contain less than 20 parts-per-million gluten. This is a very small amount of gluten as you can see by reading these articles but is certainly not the same thing as proclaiming “zero gluten” but many people consider it to claim the title “gluten free”. Click here to learn what this phrase means. The final paragraph in that article does not apply to this topic.




13 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Is Coffee Gluten Free? What About Tea?

Ground coffee is gluten free. Coffee-mate is gluten free. The same also lists many brands of artificial sweeteners that are gluten free. Sugar, of course, is on our approved list. Folgers coffee assures us that its products are gluten free.

This information also applies to tea and tea drinkers.

03 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

is tofu gluten free?


At least in theory, tofu is gluten free, since its only ingredients are soybeans, water, and a coagulant. Of course, it is seldom that simple: here is a list of commercially-prepared products that are certified gluten-free. Of course, we are also looking for tofu meals that actually taste great. Click here and/or here for suggestions from Good Housekeeping magazine.




01 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Copycat Recipes

“Copycat Recipes” have the exact look, taste, appearance, and  and feel of the foods we desire,  without  having any ingredients that cause problems for anyone.  In our situation, this means  gluten free foods that are OK for virtually anyone.

The recipes may be “safe”, but there are several things to think about before using them:

~~~> Are we trying to conceal the fact that we live gluten-free? Are we self-conscious about our situation?

~~~> Are we limiting our diet to these copycat foods?

~~~> Are we encouraging our friends to believe that our living gluten free is unimportant or no longer part of our lifestyle?

When and if you can honestly answer “NO” to  these questions, you are ready to proceed. I had originally intended to suggest internet links to follow. When I tried to do this, but I got over one million suggestions simply by typing the phrase “gluten free copy cat recipes” at the top of the screen. I hope you will do the same and share your results on-line. I will do the same thing.


23 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Questions about “100% Gluten Free Restaurants”

Many eating places describe themselves as “totally gluten free”. Are they still operating? If not, there sites have probably have been deleted but you may find their name and web-address address in a list of similar locations

Are they what you are looking for? They might call themselves “restaurants” but you might think  to them them “pizza places”, “coffee shops”, or “lunch stops” etcetera.

Do they meet your requirements? Remember that “gluten free” and “zero gluten” Assuming that the establishments are labeling their products correctly, you may still be consuming some gluten, less than 20 ppm,  but still significant to some people.

18 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

What Gluten-Free Labels are Legally Protected?

If you need to know if a product is “safe”, look for  “Gluten-Free”, “Free of  Gluten”, “No Gluten”, and and “Without Gluten”. Other notices may be posted (“no gluten ingredients” etcetera)  and may be accurate,  but they do not provide a government-backed guarantee that they are appropriate for celiacs. Click here for more specific information.

17 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Are Popeyes Restaurants Gluten Free?

Popeys makes no attempt to attract gluten-free visitors. I appreciate their honest approach even though I couldn’t consider dining there. As one reviewer remarked,  “All of the tasty chicken entrees at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen are coated with breading containing gluten. The only gluten-free items on the menu are apple sauce, Cajun rice, red beans and rice, corn on the cob, coleslaw and jalapenos. Not much of a meal there.” I’m sorry I didn’t save the notes that would make this comment seem more important, but I certainly agree with the summary.

16 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Our Gluten Free New Resolution

With adequate preparation, people who live gluten free can enjoy vacations, even under challenging conditions. We enjoyed our winter vacation, even though we were unexpectedly “snowed in” for an extra six days, in a mountain cabin. I was pleasantly surprised that the snow-covered boondocks could be so much fun! Before leaving home, our computer had identified several local grocery stores that stocked gluten free food. That’s standard procedure for us.

What we ignored was that t that I had given up cows-milk a few months earlier. That was a great decision, but I had no plan for implementing it during a winter vacation. My blunder was that I was also totally unaware that provides powdered milk that is both gluten-free and non-dairy. The containers are too small problems in your car or suitcase. l’ll plan next year’s vacation more carefully! That way I can avoid  eating my gluten free cereal dry because I have nothing to put on it. That’s just one example of the importance of planning ahead!

04 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Shopping Using Your Computer

I searched for a coffee creamer that met very specific criteria: it had to be gluten free, dairy free, and I prefer a  liquid. My internet search met my super-specific requirements. I typed the words “liquid”, “coffee creamer”, “gluten free”, “dairy free”  into my computer, putting quotation marks around each of the phrases to make it clear that I did not demand that all my criteria be met. Nestle and Coffee Mate emerged as my brands-of-choice. Of course, a careful reading of every label is always an essential idea! An equally important idea is that you have — by reading this article — you already have the computer skills needed to support your determination to live gluten free! Of course, it is still important to read every label every time!

02 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Your Gluten Free Elevator Speech

Everyone who lives gluten free needs “an elevator speech”; a memorized thirty-second statement that summarizes their reasons for living gluten free diet, my decisions about what is not allowed on the diet, and my expectations for them. I am certainly not advocating a gluten free diet for everyone. What do I mean by an elevator speech?: It is carefully rehearsed. It can be spoken in 30 seconds or less (the length of the typical elevator ride), and it is designed to give my listeners all the information they need to know about me and my diet, even if we part company after leaving this make-believe elevator. Here is an example: “CD (celiac disease) is not contagious. The gluten free diet is not a weight loss diet! It’s similar to a food allergy in that if I eat foods containing wheat, barley or rye, I have problems digesting food. These complications may occur if I eat food that has merely come into contact with wheat, barley, or rye.” You may need to add information based on the situation:    ~> CD is not painful.    ~> CD does not decrease life expectancy     ~> CD is inherited,etc.

Give proper attention to the last sentence in the sample. It is your lead-in to your important conversation with the persons with whom you share a kitchen!

Prepare your speech carefully. Speak with authority and confidence. Include all the important details (and omit the debatable subjects.)

02 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

My New Years Resolution for 2017

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I agree with Lucy’s comment — My hope for 2017 is to be less “sick and tired”. But yelling at my little brother is NOT a resolution! I need specific plans for dealing with my situation:

My 78th birthday occurs this month, so a certain amount of tiredness is to be expected. I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1966 but have had no  physical symptoms during this century. My food is relatively expensive but my celiac-related medical expenses (after my initial diagnosis) are ZERO. My diagnosis let to the identification of three potential-celiacs in my gene pool Continue Reading

29 December 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Planning Your Gluten Free Resolutions

I’ve been a diagnosed with Celiac disease in 1966. One result of this is that I was pouring lots of milk on lots of gluten free cereal. Last month, I was told to begin using non-dairy milk. I was lucky: the advice “worked”. I’m feeling better!!!!! But, I made this diet change without first doing adequate research. The most important substitutes for cows-milk are soy, almond, rice, coconut, flax, and hemp. This article discusses the pros and cons of each choice. No differences that are important to the person with celiac disease but vital to anyone who is cooking with any of these ingredients.

Lesson learned: I was lucky this time, but I will no longer make changes without without adequate research.

28 December 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Successful New Years Resolutions

Gluten free resolutions are an annual ritual that has a painfully low success rate. Many of them are nothing more than a “wish list” for the first few weeks of the new year. We need to remember that a 50% failure rate is exactly the same thing as a 50% success rate so there is always room for hope. I wrote about this in 2010.

A year later, I wrote a series of articles on how to improve our chances for success. I’ve already mentioned that a 50% failure rate is exactly the same as a 50% success rate and that there are methods for improving our odds. Look here to learn the  rules: replace a bad habit with a good habit. The third  rule is to accent the positive. An example of this : a 50% failure rate is disgusting, a 50% success rate can be the beginning of a success story.
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24 December 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free New Years Resolutions

The acronym SMART is part of most New Years Resolutions, including the endeavors of people who are trying to improve their gluten free life style:

—> S= Smart or Specific
—> M= Measurable
—> A= Attainable
—> R= Rewarding or Relevant
—>T= Time limited or Time Bound

Here are those principles applied to gluten free dining
—>1. eat fruit with breakfast.
—>2. make sure you are getting enough calcium
—>3. go easy on a bag of….. “don’t eat them all in one sitting”
—>4. “use measured amounts of sugar in a cup of tea”
—>5. take a gluten free vitamin and mineral supplement
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22 December 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Is Salt, Pepper, and/or Sugar OK for People Who Live Gluten Free?

All three items are OK for people who live gluten free. Of course, there are “rules” related to these items, but they apply to everyone. And, of course, they may be part of a product that is gluten toxic.

21 December 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Finding Gluten Free Restaurants / Resuming the Blog

I was born in the tiny village of Mayville, New York. Seventy eight years later I was (thanks to the internet) able to order a gluten free meal in that tiny village. Since high tech has reached  those boondocks, it is likely that computer-savvy celiacs can can dine eat almost anything almost anywhere. Try your luck!

This article has two purposes! I suffered a minor stroke in April. I’m glad to inform you that I have recovered the necessary computer skills and rediscovered my enthusiasm for blogging so you will be hearing from me! If you are not already on my mailing  list, fill out the form in the upper right corner of the screen. I’d love to hear from you!

This article is also a Christmas present to myself. I’m back action!


19 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Are Marshmallows Gluten Free?

Marshmallows are gluten free IF you choose an appropriate brand. The two leading manufacturers are Kraft Foods and Duomark. Both firms advertise that there operations are totally gluten free.Click here for details.

08 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Is Vinegar Gluten Free?

“Most distilled white vinegar is made from corn, a safe* ingredient. The single word “vinegar” on a food label indicates apple cider vinegar. Distillation, one of the oldest scientific processes on earth, successfully removes gluten from the final product. The only place in the world where vinegar was questioned was the US.” (In the context of this quotation, safe = gluten free).

07 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Is Meat Gluten Free?

Yes, all meat and meat products are gluten free unless they are combined with potentially-gluten-toxic items such as gravies, sauces,or other items that may be cooked with them.

06 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Barbecue

People who live gluten free are always concerned about how their food is prepared, even when it is cooked on an outdoor grill. They need to be concerned about the food itself and also about how that food is prepared. The charcoal used in grilling can have an important effect.
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26 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shopping for Gluten Free Groceries on-Line

Food shopping on-line can be expensive, but it will probably save your time,  and is certainly hassle free. How wonderful to shop in your living room or computer nook with shopping lists and reference books at your fingertips!!!!!!  There are no delivery charges if you follow a few basic rules.

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09 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Oats and Your Gluten Free Diet

Living gluten free does not require that you give up eating oats. Here is a way that The Celiac Disease Center at the University of Chicago explains the matter: “Oats can be part of the gluten free diet provided that they are selected from sources that guarantee a lack of contamination by wheat, rye, or barley….symptoms that occur are probably due to increased fiber.” The FDA’s policy on the use of the term ‘gluten free’ never mentions oats. The only requirement is that the food in question contains less than 20 parts per million gluten.

23 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Ordering Gluten Free Restaurant Meals

The new labeling rules have made it easier and “safer” to purchase gluten free food in the grocery store. Finding a gluten free restaurant meal is much more difficult. The survey below describes five situations that may cause concern when you are studying a restaurant menu. Continue Reading

07 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Your Gluten Free Elevator Speech

During the upcoming holiday season, I will come into contact with many people who are unaware of celiac disease, my commitment to the gluten free diet. I need an elevator speech, a carefully prepared speech explaining my gluten free diet, my commitment to it, and what I expect from them. I need an “elevator speech”, I need to provide the information they need in 30 seconds or less in a carefully written and rehearsed statement. Continue Reading

24 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Planning Holiday Meals: Dressing vs. Stuffing

As we begin to plan our holiday  meals it is time to remember the distinction between “stuffing” and “dressing”.  Both have the same recipes, the difference is how they are cooked: stuffing is cooked inside “the bird” and dressing is cooked beside it. If the stuffing is gluten toxic, the turkey will be contaminated, and I will go home hungry. Sorry about that!

24 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Ice Cream

Gluten free ice cream is readily available in stores. Click here for links to Breyer’s Ice Cream, Edy’s,” and “Loving Gluten Free Ice Cream“. Continue Reading

22 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Barbecue Sauce

Gluten free barbecue sauce is readily available. The J.C. Heinz site lists 14 items, most of which are available in the United States. Annie’s Naturals lists suitable condiments and sauces.

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22 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Colonoscopy

Here are links to articles in which people-who-live-gluten-free describe their experiences with a medical procedure called a colonoscopy. Click here and/or here for more information.
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21 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Losing Weight on the Gluten Free Diet

If you have gone shopping, picked up a magazine or read a blog recently, you are likely to have seen “gluten-free” promoted for weight loss, improved health or enhanced performance. Gluten-free has become the newest diet trend and gluten-free food sales are booming with a threefold increase in the past five years. The burning question is: Will gluten-free help you lose weight?” Continue Reading

16 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Halloween and the Child Who Lives Gluten Free

Families with children-who-live-gluten free need answers to these questions:

~~~> How can I re-invent trick-or-treating so that my child can participate?
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28 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Cheerios Gluten Free


I’m eager to try gluten free cheerios. I was overjoyed — And perhaps a  bit nostalgic — to find them available at Amazon.

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28 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free in the Lunchroom

Amazon lists more than four thousand items as school lunch accessories.  Apparently, children care as much about the impression they make in the lunch room as they do about the food itself. Continue Reading

13 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Back to School: Lunches

“Parents of gluten free children will have to pack at least 175 lunches (per child) this school year. Our goal is to make lunches that are envied (or at least not scorned) by other wheat-eating classmates and will be eaten (not traded or thrown away) by the child. Continue Reading

02 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

America’s Definition of Gluten Free

America’s official definition of “gluten free” (<20 parts-per-million) was announced on August 5, 2013, two years ago this Wednesday. Continue Reading

27 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Decision Making for Celiacs: How to Beat the Heat

There are millions (don’t try to count them) gluten free  ways to beat the summer heat. My personal favorite involves one or more frozen bananas which are ground up to be the basic ice cream plus dozens of ideas for flavoring the dessert. Continue Reading

17 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Merger: Albertsons, Haggen, and Safeway

As you probably know, Safeway and Albertsons super market chains have merged. You ‘ll see the same store names, but your local store may change its name and be operated by a different company. To complicate things even more, Continue Reading

10 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

More Quizzes for People Who Live Gluten Free

Try these quizzes to test your knowledge of the gluten free diet. They’re especially helpful because in both cases you will receive, in addition to your score,  a clear explanation of what is right and wrong about each possible answer. Click here to take the second quiz. Continue Reading

09 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Quizzes for People-Who-Live-Gluten-Free

Quizzes are an enjoyable and productive way to keep in mind the facts that people-who-live-gluten-free need to master. Continue Reading

03 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Is Sun Screen Gluten Free?

Is sunscreen gluten free? In most situations, it doesn’t matter, since sunscreen is not ingested. In cases where it is important, use this link to find a list of gluten free sunscreens.

02 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Using a Gluten Free Menu

Meals can’t be guaranteed gluten free if they are prepared in a kitchen that also prepares gluten-containing food. That’s true, but it is also a cop-out: thousands of gluten free meals are prepared in kitchens that serve everyone. It takes knowledge, careful and competent planning, and a well-trained staff. Menus that include this disclaimer are simply making excuses that people-who-live-gluten free will accept. The simple truth is that no restaurant can promise that its food is totally gluten free any more than that it can guarantee that salmonella is not present. Mistakes happen! The goal is to improve our chances.

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22 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Camping for the Gluten Free

Camping is fun for everyone. With a bit of advanced planning, people with special dietary requirements can  join in the excitement. Continue Reading

16 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free on Independence Day

The upcoming Independence Day celebration has its own color scheme: red, white, and blue.  Continue Reading

13 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Goes to College: Calories Count

Living gluten free is highest for anyone with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, but it is not their only dietary concern. Calories count!!!!!!, particularly for people of college age.  Continue Reading

11 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Goes to College: Making Decisions About Drinking

No one should  suffer the experience of being simultaneously intoxicated and glutened! Continue Reading

03 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Goes to College: Explaining the Gluten Free Life Style

A freshman who lives gluten free might use ‘elevator speech’  like this to introduce himself and make his new friends aware of his situation: Continue Reading

02 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Goes to College: Visiting the University

Thousands of high school seniors who live gluten free will be entering college this fall. Up until this point, parents have had some control over their eating habits, their adherence to the gluten free diet, their snacking,  their expenditures for food, and their restaurant choices.  All this changes abruptly in September.

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23 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Go Bunless This Summer

Our summer plans include hamburgers and hot dogs, which are gluten free if we chose the appropriate brands. Finding gluten free buns is  more complicated, more expensive,and not always possible. We have several options: Continue Reading

22 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

What’s a “Dedicated Frier?” Why Should People Who Live Gluten Free Care?

A “dedicated fryer” is a cooker that is used only for one type of food, thus miking cross-contamination impossible. That’s the theory at least! Continue Reading