Reading Labels

The FDA states that the term “Gluten-Free” is generally recognized as a safe labeling statement. In August 2014 the use of labeling gluten free products was requested, although it remains still voluntary. To use that labeling statement, the presence of gluten in gluten free labeled products must be less than 20ppm (parts per million). This means that traces of gluten can still be present. Here at Shop for Gluten Free we seek products with the most thoughtfully documented information. We feel it is good practice to put as much information about gluten on a label, and many companies have adopted this practice in the gluten free category.

Across the world many countries are adopting similar requirements and guidance, especially since doing business with America means you have to adhere to USDA and FDA guidelines. This is good news for us gluten free folk… around the world anyone who wants to live void of gluten has the option.

A fresh product or menu item can be labeled, although rarely they are. Unpackaged products do not fall into the FDA guidelines and therefore the labeling may not hold up to the same standards. Take the appropriate precautions necessary based on your level of severity.

Health & Beauty & Cleaning Products

There are few home-based products that should affect you topically, although staying away from mud masks, glycerin and lotions that are not labeled gluten free is always a good idea. It is better to be safe then sorry. Obviously ingesting certain items like gums and candies, particularly gelatin-based ones, are not recommended unless they specifically say they are gluten free.

Prescription Drugs

This is one item you have to be careful of, and sadly doctors and pharmacists don’t always know or keep up with the ingredients in the drugs they prescribe. It is very important to let your doctor know your severity level so they can try to prescribe something you can consume. Gluten is rarely found as a binder in the medication, but rather in the encapsulation. Look for vegan alternatives which will typically be gluten free.

When you go to the pharmacy, double check with the pharmacist to make sure your doctor’s prescription is in fact a gluten free medication. Before they fill the prescription the pharmacist can reach out to your doctor to get an alternative, or find a suitable substitution. If you are concerned, do your homework on the drug companies website and make sure that you are getting something that will not harm your body and cause additional issues for you.

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