Risks on a Gluten Free Diet
People who follow a gluten-free diet may have low levels of certain vitamins and nutrients in their diets. Many grains are enriched with vitamins. Avoiding grains with a gluten-free diet may mean eating fewer of these enriched products. Ask your dietitian or doctor to review your diet to see that you’re getting enough:
- B Vitamins
- D Vitamins
- Omega 3/Fish Oil
Probiotics may also be helpful for those with celiac disease and be lacking especially if you are also dairy free.
If you are very sensitive to gluten or have celiac disease, you will have to take steps to avoid contamination with gluten containing ingredients in your kitchen.
- A separate toaster and bread machine that have not been used with gluten containing breads should be used. Cutting boards and grills are also common sources of contamination.
- Towels and sponges that are used to clean gluten containing ingredients should be avoided -paper towels are a good idea for washing and drying.
- Utensils and shared condiment containers can be sources of cross contamination.
- Counter tops with crumbs should be thoroughly cleaned before preparing foods that are gluten free
- If you can’t make your entire kitchen gluten free, create different areas for storage and prep for gluten free and gluten containing foods