Ever since my daughter was diagnosed, I’m very sensitive about this issue and feel very passionate about raising awareness
Of course many people choose a “Gluten-free diet” for their own personal reasons which is perfectly fine and up to the individual. The reason for this post is to make sure that people understand the difference between “gluten-free diet” and “Celiac diet”. If you have a gluten intolerance or a gluten allergy where some people have it so bad that they get anaphylactic shock than being on a “Celiac diet” would be a necessity.
There have been so many misconceptions related to “Gluten-Free Diet”.
Here are some examples of something or a product that states “gluten-free” but in reality it doesn’t mean it is actually safe:
- A restaurant with a “gluten-free ” menu doesn’t mean that it will be safe for someone with celiac. ( Cross contamination is almost always a concern unless they are well educated about celiac disease)
- A food label that reads “gluten-free” doesn’t necessarily mean that it is safe for someone with celiac. You’d have to call the company or go on their website to find out if there is any possible cross contamination.
- Saying “I’m on a gluten-free diet” doesn’t mean the same when someone that has celiac says the same thing.
I propose that people start saying “I’m on a celiac diet” which would mean that their food needs to be free of gluten and also with no possible cross contamination. Wouldn’t that be ideal to say those words and the person you talk to knows exactly what you are talking about?
I’m personally tired of seeing on the news how people talk about gluten-free diet but not mention the importance of cross contamination.
As you know Celiac disease is a complex disease but Restaurant staff, Schools, and anyone dealing with food and the public NEED to be educated on this.