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Must My Kitchen be Gluten-free?

Q I’m new to celiac disease. Does my whole kitchen need to be gluten-free to prevent cross-contamination?

A Following a strict gluten-free diet can be challenging whether you’re away from home or in your own kitchen. While it’s not necessary for everyone in the household to go on a gluten-free diet or to eliminate gluten-containing items entirely, there are a number of ways to ensure your safe food doesn’t become contaminated with gluten. Here is some advice on how to store and prepare food in a gluten-aware kitchen.



With a bit of planning and a lot of labeling, you can safely eat gluten-free alongside the rest of your family.

Shelley Case, RD, is an international celiac nutrition expert, consulting dietitian and author of Gluten-Free Diet [3]: A Comprehensive Resource Guide. See www.glutenfreediet.ca [4]. Shelley Case is on the advisory boards of the Canadian Celiac Association, the Celiac Disease Foundation and the Gluten-Free Intolerance Group.  The editors at Allergic Living additionally highly recommend her book Gluten-Free Diet, a vital resource for those interested in celiac disease and living gluten-free.