So what is gluten cross-contamination?
When a gluten free food becomes contaminated with gluten —enough gluten to make someone on a gluten free diet, sick — that’s cross-contamination. Cross-contamination (or cross-contact, as it is known in the food industry) can occur in a variety of different places, including your own kitchen. It also can occur in packaged foods … even those that say “gluten free” right on them. Some people react more frequently than others to gluten cross-contamination. But even if you’re on the sensitive side, it’s still possible to protect yourself against most cross-contamination.
How can you guard against gluten cross-contamination? Keeping a safe gluten free kitchen is a start (& Gluten Free Labels can help you organize your kitchen without breaking the bank) but first knowing how and where cross-contamination occurs is paramount. Our posts below will help you educate yourself:
Gluten Free Kitchen If you’re gluten sensitive or living a gluten free lifestyle, the sooner you set up a gluten free kitchen, the better. A gluten free kitchen is even more critical if you are sharing a kitchen with other gluten-consuming members of your household. The threat of gluten cross-contamination and the resulting health effects are a very […]
Infographic: 10 Tips to Prevent Cross-Contamination in a Shared Gluten Free Kitchen
Gluten Free Kitchen Tips Following these gluten free kitchen tips to keep your kitchen safe: Tip 1: Label. Labeling refrigerator and pantry shelves in your gluten free kitchen or gluten aware kitchen so others can easily identify foods as their foods gluten- free. The simple act of marking gluten-free foods, items, and spaces with these visible, easy-to-use […]
Preventing Gluten Cross-Contamination in Your Gluten Free Kitchen Preventing gluten cross-contamination in your gluten free kitchen can be tricky. To ensure that gluten free eaters aren’t exposed to gluten, preventative tactics must be put into action. These preventative home campaigns must be clearly visible so that all house guests and residents are highly aware of designated gluten free zones. Why […]
Here are the 4 high-risk places for gluten cross-contamination: 1) Hidden gluten in a newly gluten free or gluten aware kitchen: When you’re new to gluten free living, it’s hard to know exactly what to do to erase gluten from your kitchen completely. Left-over gluten is one of the main reasons people who have just […]