Welcome to Gluten Free in SD (San Diego)

The goal of Gluten Free in SD is to provide useful and accurate information about living gluten free in San Diego. Also included are resources that provide additional information about celiac disease and gluten-free diets. Comments, suggestions, and recommendations are encouraged to keep this website up-to-date and as useful as possible. Please use the Contact Us section of the website – all input will be greatly appreciated.

San Diego Resources
(Frequently Asked Questions)
Basics of the Gluten-Free Diet PDF

What's New

The following are some of the events that will occur or news items that have been reported within the last month (dates indicate when the information was added). The most recently posted are in red type.

Local Events

Local Events  

  • Thriving Gluten Free Event: January 31, 2015, from 1 - 4 pm at the beautiful Encinitas Public Library. This event is hosted by the San Diego Celiac Support Association (CSA), and is for all who are on a gluten-free diet. There will be four speakers at the event: Melinda Dennis, RD, internationally respected Registered Dietician specializing in the gluten-free diet, Dr. Anthony Colatrella, gastroenterogist specializing in celiac disease and other digestive disorders and advisor to national CSA, Misty Faulkner, who will be sharing practical, easy tips on cooking and baking gluten free, and EA Stewart, BS, RD will be speaking with the children's group. Local GF dedicated vendors will be supplying snacks for all. Limited seating! Attendance pricing ranges from $5 to $10. Find out more information about this extraordinary opportunity and reserve your spot at https://eventgrid.com/Events/12557/thriving-gluten-free/Dates/12675

  • Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo: February 7 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds from 10 - 4. There will be two speakers and many vendors. $20 per adult, $5 per child. Parking is $10 on the fairgrounds. 25% early bird ticket discount if you order them by 1/7, or 15% discount if you orde before 2/7. http://gfafexpo.com/locations/san-diego-ca-2015/

Note: For additional research study summaries and articles, see the Celiac Disease Foundation website under Research News, and the Research section on the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University website.

  • Consumer Reports; The Truth about Gluten: The January issue of Consumer Reports has an article titled "The Truth about Gluten". Some of the points discussed on why you might not want to go gluten free if you don't have to are: The GF diet is not necessarily more nutritious, you risk probable increased exposure to arsenic (see below), you may gain weight, you may pay more, and you may miss a serious health condition. Recommendations for the gluten free diet include making sure you get plenty of a variety of alternative grains, stick with naturally gluten-free whole foods when possible, keep an eye on the sugar, fat, and sodium content of the GF products. 1/4

  • Consumer Reports; Arsenic in Your Rice: The Latest: The January issue of Consumer Reports has a coordinating article about arsenic in rice. Arsenic in rice has become a concerning issue for those on the gluten-free diet, as it is so often rice-based. Among other things, they reported that brown rice has 80% more arsenice than white rice because the arsenic accumulates in the grain's outer layers, white basmati rice has about half of the amount of arsenic as most other types of rice, white rice from California has less arsenic than from other places, alternative grains such as amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, polenta & grits have negligible arsenic, organic rice in general has the same amount of arsenic has non-organic rice, and rice drinks are high in arsenic. 1/4

  • Glyphosate and celiac disease: A researcher from MIT has found that glyphosate, an ingredient in the commonly used herbicide Roundup, appears to be strongly correlated with the rise in celiac disease. This study was reported in the Healthy Holistic Living online newsletter. 1/5 www.healthy-holistic-living.com/new-study-common-food-radically-increased-celiac-disease-autism-alzheimers.html

  • Latest thoughts on oats:The Allergic Living publication reviewed the latest thoughts about those with celiac disease consuming oats. In general, it is still thought that 1/2 cup of gluten-free labeled oats a day is fine for the vast majority of celiacs. 1/9 allergicliving.com/2015/01/06/need-to-know-oats-and-the-gluten-free-diet/

Cooking (also see "Resources - Cooking" and "SD Resources - Food")

Restaurant/Bakery Updates (also see SD Restaurants by Area, Alphabetized List of SD Restaurants, and SD Resources - Food)

  • Pizza Hut: Pizza Hut will be selling certified gluten-free pizza (using a Udi's crust) starting January 26 in about a third of their locations. It is not clear whether it will be offered in any of the San Diego locations. /www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/01/13/pizza-hut-gluten-free-pizza-fast-food-restaurants/21643503/ 1/21

  • Rum Cake Lounge: This bakery located in Kearney Mesa takes online orders. Otherwise you can call ahead and order one for pickup. Although not all of their bakery items are gluten free, they state "We carry certified gluten-free gourmet rum cakes." http://www.rumcakelounge.com/

  • Carnitas Snack Shack: Del Mar, & North Park(?). The Del Mar (Carmel Valley) location was reviewed August 23 on the "No Excuses Gluten Free Cookbook blog": "The staff was extremely accommodating about gluten free. The sandwiches can be ordered with a gluten free bun or bread, and the ingredients are so fresh and made-freom-scratch that most things on the menu are naturally gluten free." The review is much longer and is very positive, and describes several of the menu items in detail. The two locations offer differ menus, and they change daily according to what they can get fresh that day. Carnitas Snack Shack 12/11

  • The Kebab Shop: East Village (downtown SD), Mira Mesa, Encinitas, Little Italy, Mission Valley, Rancho Bernardo. This chain of fast food restaurants offers a GF menu. www.thekebabshop.com1/10

  • Beach Plum: Carlsbad. This breakfast/lunch cafe has a good-sized gluten-free menu, including GF panckes, hot cereal, Rudi's GF bread, and more. They advertise using "fresh, natural, minimally processed ingredients". 1/12 www.beachplumkitchen.com/

  • Cali "O" Burgers: Hillcrest. "My name is Brandon Brooks, and I am the general mangaer of Cali "O" burgers in Hillcrest. I have been making some big changes to our menu and wanted to inform you as well as your online readers that we offer an extensive organic and gluten-free menu. We offer not only cabbage wraps, but gluten-free buns so that you don't feel like you may be missing out on anything. We also have a diverse selection of ciders as well as wine." http://www.yelp.com/biz/cali-o-burgers-san-diego-2 1/16 RJ's note: It doesn't look like that they have an official GF menu, but use the above adaptations.

Shopping Updates (also see "Product Updates" and "SD Food Stores")

  • Mission GF tortillas: "Just got these at the Vons on Santa Fe Dr in Encinitas. The texture is great and the taste is pretty good!" Amy M. A photo of the product shows shows Mission Gluten Free Tortillas - Soft Taco" on the packaging.Note: No information about these could be found on the Mission website as yet. RJ 12/12

    Another post: "They're really, really good. They look, feel and taste like a real flour tortillas! I've found them at Von's, Ralph's and Albertsons in Riverside." P Spina, 1/16

  • Taste Guru: Taste Guru delivers you new gluten free products along with recipes once a month. 6- 9 items are mailed to you each time. www.tasteguru.com 1/6

About this Website

This website was created by Roxie Johnson and "tech wizard" Ken Loomis using the software program Dreamweaver. Ken Loomis has since passed away, and is greatly missed. This website is not sponsored by or affiliated with any specific group, organization, or company.

Both myself (Roxie) and my then-16-year-old daughter (Karen Lynn Johnson) were diagnosed with celiac disease in 1998. This website contains information I have gathered over the years, and also links to what I consider to be many reputable resources for further information. I am not in the medical field, so please consult a physician before acting upon any information provided in this website.

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