Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Contamination Reality

Being gluten-free can be a bit lonely and at times you may feel socially separated. We've all felt that way and that's okay because we are different. It's important to understand and feel confident that you're not like everyone else because you can't eat gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, malts and more.

I was recently reading this article from Celiac.com about gluten-free students who are stepping up to the reality that they can't eat from their own university dining hall. They can't eat at restaurants either because of the high level of contamination. We've seen many restaurants around the globe create gluten-free menus, offer to come up with a unique dish for you, but is it safe enough?

The unfortunate answer is no, but there is a bright side. Find a few restaurants that you can get to know the owner/chefs so that when you do go there you get the attention you deserve. Not all establishments will permit this type of 1 on 1 relationship, but when you can get it, you stay loyal! Don't tell too many people about it either unless they're okay with it, too. Be safe, be smart and protect yourself.


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