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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes

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I'm very confused about vodka. Is it gluten free or not? My sister was diagnosed with Celiac over 10 years ago and swears only potato vodka is safe. I was just diagnosed 2 months ago. Everything I read about vodka is ...conflicting. Maybe my sister is going off old information...?

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They say all distrilled liquour is gluten-free because of the triple distillation process.

I personally really like Luksusowa vodka. It's made from potatoes and has won some impressive taste awards. Look for the red label and confusing name.

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It is generally accepted that distilled spirits are gluten-free, since the gluten molecule is too large and heavy to be vaporized. Nevertheless, some very sensitive celiacs report reacting to grain-alcohol spirits. Fragments of the molecule could get into the distillate, and cause a reaction in those people. I can drink whisky without issue.

There are potato vodkas available. Smirnoff is made from corn, which is not a gluten grain.

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Bambora is a brand out of Australia, and it's made from grapes, not grain. And it's not as expensive as potato vodka usually is.

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As Peter said, all distilled liquor is supposed to be gluten-free - but I've had people quickly jump on me to tell me about their reactions, so I guess super-sensitive Celiacs need to be careful. I really like Tito's - it's made in Texas, and is now being marketed as gluten-free (which makes me mad, given that all liquor is supposed to be - but maybe even super sensitive folks can have it). I just happen to really like it, and it's not expensive!

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I drink Cold River vodka - made in Maine from potatoes.

I've reacted to Sake in the past, which (at the least the kind I tried) uses barley early in the process (before distillation). Super-sensitives do need to be careful.

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I drink Cold River vodka - made in Maine from potatoes.

I've reacted to Sake in the past, which (at the least the kind I tried) uses barley early in the process (before distillation). Super-sensitives do need to be careful.

In addition to Cold River's regular vodka, they also have a very good blueberry vodka. Slightly off topic, but they also have a potato gin, which makes an excellent G&T!

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