Are Oats and Oat Flour Gluten-Free?

When a person has been diagnosed with celiac disease, being cautious about food and ingredients is essential to maintaining good health. Acting without caution, could cause serious illness. Accuracy in food labeling is something that the FDA regulates, including when it comes to packaged foods which are labeled gluten-free. * The FDA requires that labeling Read More

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Celebrate Gluten-Free! At the Gluten Intolerance Group, we are on a mission to make life easier for everyone living gluten-free. Getting started on your gluten-free journey with our “Gluten-Free Living: Basics and Beyond” guide or then “Celebrate Gluten-Free” by exploring our e-magazine archives. To always be in the know and receive our publications in your Read More

Hot Topic Safety of Gluten-Free Restaurant Food and Personal Testing Devices

A study on this topic got a lot of attention when it was presented at a gastroenterology conference this fall. Researchers claimed their study showed that a third of “gluten-free” restaurant food was not actually gluten-free. But before you panic and decide never to eat out again, here are some facts about the study and Read More

Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2020

GIG Research Update The 2020 Digestive Disease Week (DDW) conference was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but there was still much to be learned from abstracts that had already been submitted and accepted. Following are summaries of selected abstracts related to celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Probiotics for celiac disease symptoms: research continues PROBIOTICS Read More

Racial disparities in relation to celiac disease in the United States

Who develops celiac disease (CD) and why? Three factors are involved: 1) a person must have the pre-disposing genes (~ 33% of the population have the genes, but only 1% develop CD); 2) A person must be consuming gluten; and 3) a person must experience some type of environmental triggering event or circumstance, which could Read More

Tips on Making Groceries Last 

Perishable foods are the main focus here: vegetables, fruits, meats/fish/poultry, and dairy products.  (Shelf stable items like beans, GF grains, and nuts have much longer – but not indefinite – shelf lives.)  Both quality and safety are considerations when determining how long foods can be kept. We’re all trying to stretch things out, but keep in mind there is a limit on how long perishable foods will stay safe in the refrigerator, so Read More

Quarantine Preparedness

Gluten-free items that are shelf-stable and relatively nutrient-dense to keep on hand in advance of possible quarantine:  (Always confirm GF status when purchasing.) _____________________________________________________________________________________ Beans & Lentils:  Any type, dried &/or canned. (For dried, choose certified or GF labeled when possible) Meat: Canned or in pouches: tuna, turkey, chicken, salmon Vegetables. Canned (e.g. tomatoes, green Read More

Resources Gluten-Free Covid-19 Pandemic

During these unprecedented times, the availability of food, especially gluten-free food, can lead to challenges at mealtimes. Check out these resources to help you get creative in the kitchen, even with just the basics on hand. Remember: You may not be able to fill every craving, but you will have sustenance, and that’s what’s most Read More

Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2019

May 18-21, San Diego. Research summaries   GIG’s Education Supervisor, Lola O’Rourke MS, RDN, recently attended the 50th anniversary Digestive Disease Week (DDW) conference in San Diego and has compiled an impressive list of summaries of the latest research on celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and gluten-related disorders.  Be sure to check these out to stay Read More


In the Pacific Northwest it’s clear that summer has arrived when fresh berries can be enjoyed straight off the plants.  Blackberries are so prolific in this part of the world that often all it takes is a visit to the local park, and you can snack your way through the bushes. Berries are of course also widely Read More

Toddlers, Childcare, and Gluten Risks

Sending your child off to daycare or preschool can bring a set of worries to any parent—but a parent of a child with celiac disease takes on a whole extra set of concerns. The Gluten Intolerance Group and Generation GF are here to help ease your worries and empower you with information. Below is a Read More

Update on European Guidelines on Celiac Disease & Other Gluten-Related Disorders

August, 2019   Updated recommendations on the management of celiac disease (CD) and gluten-related disorders were recently published by the European Society for the Study of Coeliac Disease. A multi-national group of experts including both pediatric and adult gastroenterologists conducted a review of current guidelines, and a literature review of relevant articles published from 1990 to Read More

Acing the School Year – Easy as 1-2-Gluten-Free

It’s back to school time! A fresh new school year awaits with new classes, new teachers, and maybe some new friends and activities. This is sure to be an exciting time in your life, but some things might give you those butterflies in your stomach. We understand, we get them too, especially when food is Read More

One Tortilla, 10 Ways: 10 Gluten-Free Meals Using One Product

Back to school season means new friends, stocking up on school supplies, and a fresh start. With all the running around this time of year brings, sometimes we just need one pantry staple to do double duty – and then some! Prevent breakfast burnout and lunch bag ruts from now on with these ten easy Read More

Trail Mix

If the idea of weighing and measuring recipe ingredients sounds, well, just a little too precise for you, but you like the idea of creating something delicious to eat, making your own trail mix may be just the thing! Trail mix is generally defined as a mixture of dried fruits and nuts, and yes, originally Read More

Dear Dr. Abbe

Dear Dr. Abbe is Generation GF’s advice column. Dr. Abbe is a licensed psychologist with a PhD in Clinical and School Psychology. She responds to your questions about life as a gluten-free kid or teen. Email to submit a question of your own, and look for it in an upcoming edition of Generation GF Read More

Is It Always About Gluten?

If you have celiac disease, the answer is “yes.” But for non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), it’s not so clear cut. If you think you have NCGS, your healthcare provider may have suggested you have an issue with “FODMAPs” instead. Here, we explain what FODMAPs are, why some people have issues digesting them, and why there Read More

Getting to Know Your Information

By Carolina Nunes, MS, Bastyr University Dietetic Intern (2019)    Countless websites and blogs are dedicated to diet and health-related topics, and information about the gluten-free diet, celiac disease, and gluten sensitivity seems to be everywhere. Not all sources, however, are committed to using high standards for their reporting and information. Additionally, applicability of research is sometimes over-stated or misconstrued, or opinions may be veiled as fact-based science.   Following are some guidelines to help you sort through Read More

Summer Vacation Roadstop Smarts

with Find Me Gluten-Free   Ahh, the open road… Traveling to new cities and road tripping across the map is an exciting way to see untapped parts of the country (both at your destination and along the way), and experience a vacation like no other. One challenge? When you’re gluten-free, the road may still be your Read More

Appliances: Risk of Cross-Contamination?

Kitchen appliances exist to make cooking and food preparation better: quicker, easier, sometimes healthier, and often tastier. Do they need to raise any red flags regarding gluten cross-contamination? Let’s take a look: Dishwasher Have you ever wondered if it is safe to wash plates that have had both gluten-free (GF) and gluten-containing foods on them, Read More

Talking to Friends & Family About Your Need to be Gluten-Free

By Madison Service, 2019 Bastyr University Dietetic Intern   As you may have experienced, some friends, family members, and co-workers are overwhelmingly supportive of you and your dietary restrictions, but others… not so much. Here is a helpful guide on how to navigate some of these more difficult situations. Try to approach these conversations with Read More

Hot Topics – CBD Oil & Oat Milk

Use of CBD oil for treating celiac symptoms To GIG’s knowledge, no published research exists on the use of CBD (Cannabidiol) oil for treatment of celiac disease symptoms. We cannot comment on the legitimacy or efficacy of CBD-based products, however we do have input relating to the reasons a person with celiac disease may be Read More

Venturing into Indian Cuisine

By Madison Service, 2019 Bastyr University Dietetic Intern   Curries, tandoori, tikka masala, oh my! Packed full of flavor and chock-full of nutrients, Indian food is gaining popularity in the western world. Many people seek out this colorful cuisine that offers a wide spectrum of flavors. Adventuring out of one’s comfort zone and stepping into Read More

The Gluten-Free Diet: Facts and Myths

FACTS Gluten-free diet and celiac disease (CD): A strict, life-long gluten-free diet is required for health reasons. Ingestion of gluten causes an adverse reaction which damages intestinal cells and can lead to serious health problems. Gluten-free diet and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (also known as “gluten sensitivity”): Individuals with non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) require a gluten-free Read More

Traveling Gluten-Free

Whether you are planning a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, being on a gluten-free diet shouldn’t hold you back. With some advance planning and preparation, traveling while gluten-free is not only do-able, but may even expand your culinary horizons. First, take the time to research, plan, and prepare. Once your destination is set and Read More

Restaurant Dining: Seven Tips For Staying Gluten-Free

Tips for Dining Away from Home Staying gluten-free when dining out can be a source of anxiety. Many restaurants have “gluten-free” offerings, but how can you be sure that procedures are being followed to avoid cross-contamination, and that all ingredients used are truly safe? The best approach is to choose restaurants which have been certified Read More

Gluten-Free VS. Gluten-Removed Beer: A Study

A discussion of the published research and results from The Celiac Patient Antibody Response to Conventional and Gluten-Removed Beer. Hear from Laura Allred, Ph.D., GIG’s Regulatory & Standards Manager; James Neumeister, founder of Ground Breaker Brewing; and Jordan Middlebrook of Read our research study: The Celiac Patient Antibody Response to Conventional and Gluten-Removed Beer   Read More

3 Tips for Gluten-Free Label Reading

1. A product which carries a 3rd party certification such as that of GIG’s Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), is considered safe for gluten-free consumers.         2. As of August 5, 2014, if a product is labeled “gluten-free” and is an FDA regulated product, it is considered safe for gluten-free consumers. The regulation Read More

Growing Awareness Of The Importance Of Gluten-Free Certification Leads To 108 Products Being Certified Gluten-Free

Growing Awareness of the Importance of Gluten-free Certification Leads to 108 Products Being Certified Gluten-Free by Gluten Intolerance Group’s GFCO in May and June AUBURN, Wash. (July 16, 2019)— The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), the industry leader in the certification of gluten-free products and food services, announces that it certified 108 products from 14 brands in May and Read More

Food And Drink Manufacturers Receive Gluten-Free Certification For 132 Products

Food and Drink Manufacturers Receive Gluten-Free Certification for 132 Products from Gluten Intolerance Group’s GFCO Program in March and April   AUBURN, Wash. (May 21, 2019)— The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), the industry leader in the certification of gluten-free products and food services, certified 132 products from 22 brands in March and April through its Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) program. Read More