Top 5 Tips for Gluten-Free Newbies + Glutino Giveaway - Celiac Disease
May 15 2015

Top 5 Tips for Gluten-Free Newbies + Glutino Giveaway

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Today I want to revisit some of the tips for the newly gluten-free. These aren’t just helpful for those just starting the diet, but for those who have been on it for years and may need a reminder. I don’t know about you, but as time goes on, I become complacent and become less and less diligent about checking labels or doing my research before dining out.

1. Always, always read the label! Companies are notorious for changing suppliers and therefore that once gluten-free product may no longer be gluten-free. You may notice more and more products with the “gluten-free” claim on the front of the package. With the new labeling laws in place, a product may carry that claim so long as the product contains less than 20ppm gluten.

2. Cross contamination is a real concern when dining out (or even in your own home!).  Picking the croutons off of your salad is not sufficient.  Make sure to speak with the manager or chef on duty to ask about their methods for preventing the cross contamination of your food. Unless you have worked in a restaurant, you may not be aware of some of the methods used to prepare food. If you have, you know what I am talking about. Veggies can be steamed in pasta water; ingredients that contain gluten may be kept right next to gluten-free ingredients on the line; eggs used for omelets may be thickened with pancake batter to make them fluffier; the same utensils may be used to plate your gluten-free food that just plated that burger or chicken fingers; your “gluten-free” fries or tortilla chips may be fried in a fryer with chicken fingers or onion rings.

3. Stay clear of soy sauce unless you are sure it is gluten-free. There are several gluten-free brands on the market (La Choy, San-J and Kikkoman now makes a GF version). Additionally, some sauces & marinades may contain soy sauce, so don’t be so sure the grilled chicken you are ordering at a restaurant is gluten-free unless you have double checked.

4. Check your medication for gluten. There is an excellent site that is maintained by a local clinical pharmacist called Gluten-Free Drugs. If you are unable to verify your medication, call the manufacturer or your pharmacist and ask.

5. Don’t assume you are free and clear on drinks. Unless you are drinking unflavored water, milk, 100% juice, unflavored tea (and even some of these may contain barley), or unflavored coffee you need to verify that what you are drinking is gluten-free.

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Glutino is one of our favorite gluten-free specialty brands. They make a wide variety of gluten-free products including baking mixes, cookies, pretzels, chips, cookies, frozen meals, breads, bagels, English muffins and more. In celebration of Celiac Awareness they have graciously offered to give 5 lucky readers each a coupon for a free product. All you have to do to enter is comment below and let us know which product you would buy with your free product coupon. Good luck! Giveaway will be open until Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 11:59 PM. Winners will be chosen the following morning. 

*The products pictured above and being given away in this post were provided courtesy of Glutino. The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

Article Written by:

Kyle Eslick is the founder of Gluten Free Media, as well as the creator of the popular Celiac Support Groups page. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and now Google+!


  1. Jennifer C says:

    Yogurt covered pretzels – yum!

  2. Vickie says:

    Chocolate cake!!

  3. Nancy Mannes says:

    I love love love Glutino pretzels! I always have a bag in my cupboard.

  4. Jessica says:

    I LOVE glutino’s “oreo” cookies!!

  5. Sara says:

    I would love to try one of the mixes!

  6. Rose Marie says:

    I would buy Glutino Cinnamon Raisin bread if I won. It’s so delicious!!

  7. Dana says:

    We love glutino pretzels! They are the best!

  8. Margaret Kramer says:

    Glutino is my go-to brand for gluten-free snacks & breads, as all products are superior quality. I love the Vanilla Yogurt Pretzels the best!

  9. Jillian Huffman says:

    I would get the Glutino pretzels, the thin stick-like ones! They are so delicious. I love to eat them with hummus! Healthy, delicious, and doesn’t hurt my stomach.

  10. Miranda says:

    I was just diagnosed with Celiac Disease this week. I would try the bagels with my coupon!

  11. Bobbi hart says:

    My grandchildren love the Glutinous thin stick pretzels, as do I. They are perfect alone, for dipping, for sharing.

  12. Cara says:

    My kids love the pretzels since it makes them fit in better when their friends are always snacking on regular pretzels. And, I made the chocolate cake on Mother’s Day and no one could believe it was gluten free!

  13. Carole says:

    I purchase a lot of Pretzels for home and car. I would use my coupon for Pretzels.

  14. Katie H says:

    The wafer bites! They’re awesome!

  15. Libby says:

    Our two celiac kids love the Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookies!

  16. kim mosley says:

    I am dying to try the cake mix!

  17. Kate says:

    Pretzels- dip ’em in peanut butter for an awesome snack!!

  18. Syble D. says:

    I like ALL of your products. Can’t seem to get enough of the pretzels – both plain or yogurt covered!

  19. Karol says:

    The chocolate sandwich cookies…love them!

  20. Denise Stang says:

    I would love to try the glutino chocolate chip cookies, one of the things I miss the most being celiac!!

  21. Nicole Montoya says:

    I would love to try all the products, but if I have to pick one I would pick the muffin mix.

  22. I love the pretzel sticks.

  23. Deb G. says:

    Glutino lemon wafers are one of my favorites! 🙂

  24. Jodi says:

    I would live to try the chocolate cake mix……yummmm. I sure do miss my regular chocolate cake!

  25. Carolyn says:

    I have tried many of glutino products & enjoy them. Glad to know there are so many options to buy gluten free. 5 facts/tips in the article where helpful. Please consider me for the promotional free offer at this time.
    Thank you

  26. Lisa Hangs says:

    The Glutino Chocolate Chip Cookies look yum!

  27. Deb D says:

    I would purchase the multi grain English muffins. They are really delicious!

  28. Mary Creatura says:

    Love, love, love the pretzels!! They are better than the flutin containing ones. Even my husband prefers them over wheat ones.

  29. Anne Clemmer says:

    Like to try pancake mix.

  30. Kelly Y says:

    We love Glutino pretzels. We eat them plain, packed in lunches with hummus, and they stayed crunchy in a bar cookie dessert (noone knew they were gf!)

  31. Krista says:

    I would love to try their bagels!

  32. michelle s says:

    I would try one of the mixes.

  33. Charlene Fraley says:

    I would like to try the bagels too. I miss them!

  34. Linda E says:

    My entire family enjoys Glutino pretzels ever since my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac disease.

  35. Laura J says:

    I would love to try the Glutino Apple Cinnamon Toaster Pastry! Would be so nice to have a quick easy breakfast for days you need to hurry!

  36. Joyce S says:

    I would like to find a package of the salted caramel pretzels. I sampled those at the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest last month, and they are awesome!

  37. Holly E says:

    I would buy the chocolate covered pretzels.

  38. Phylicia Phillips says:

    Definitely cinnamon raisin bread! We love glutino in our house

  39. Ashley says:

    I would try the yogurt covered pretzels

  40. EVA says:

    I love Glutino’s breakfast bars since they’re just like Fig Newton’s but I’ve FINALLY tracked down their bread and I want it! Bread it is! For $7 a loaf as a starving college student, I wouldn’t want to waste my food stamps on it as I’d inhale it in two days. I love me some bread.

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