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ARE MY SUPPLEMENTS GLUTEN FREE?

Can you still have your supplements if you have coeliac disease? Accredited Practising Dietitian and health expert with Coeliac Australia Penny Dellsperger shares her advice.

By Penny Dellsperger
Are your vitamin supplements safe to use if you’re on a gluten-free diet?
Always check the packaging: gluten-containing ingredients will be declared.

WHAT DOES 'NO ADDED GLUTEN' ON VITAMIN OR MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS MEAN?

The wording ‘no added gluten’ is quite ambiguous, so can be difficult to interpret. It is not permitted on food products but is sometimes used on vitamin and mineral supplements. 

Supplements that state ‘no added gluten’ are suitable for the gluten-free diet. Manufacturers commonly use ‘no added gluten’ to communicate that while none of the ingredients in the supplement contain gluten, they do not test the finished product for gluten and so do not make a ‘gluten free’ claim. 

Remember, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) requires that both prescription and non-prescription (or over-the-counter) medications declare when ingredients are derived from gluten (when gluten is present at 20ppm or more). Examine the packaging of over-the-counter medications and check the Consumer Medicines Information (CMI) leaflet of your prescription medication. If there is no mention of gluten or wheat starch, then the medication is suitable. 

Coeliac Australia considers medications containing detectable levels of gluten less than 20ppm to be suitable for those with coeliac disease; this means that if there is no mention of wheat or gluten on pack or in the CMI, then the product is suitable.

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