Monday, September 13, 2010

National Celiac Awareness Day

In honor of National Celiac Awareness Day, I thought I would post an information sheet to help others understand how to invite someone with Celiac over for a meal.

If I have Celiac, these foods can cause me to become extremely sick:

Wheat/Wheat Gluten
Or anything containing even the smallest amount of these ingredients.

If you are preparing foods containing these ingredients, they cannot come in contact with my food. This means separate, clean utensils, pans, pots and any surface that might come in contact with my food. The slightest cross-contamination causes me to become violently ill. This includes things like using a toaster to toast gluten free bread that is also used for regular bread. Using tongs to turn the chicken, you so carefully prepared with gluten free ingredients, immediately after flipping the chicken soaked in beer will ruin your efforts. Please be careful.

Wheat and wheat gluten are hidden in a lot of places. Here is a partial list of ingredients that contains or may contain gluten: flour, pasta, beer, MSG, sauces thickened with flour (pure cornstarch is ok) soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, bouillon cubes, canned or cream soups and broths, wheat germ, natural flavorings, hydrolized vegetable protein, anything that is breaded or topped with bread crumbs, farina, malt, modified food starch...these ingredients show up in spices, seasoning mixes, canned products and just about anywhere. If you are unsure, please err on the side of caution and don't use on my food.

If you have questions, please ask. I hope this helps. But if you prefer, I can bring my own food. I'd rather be safe than sorry. Look for products with this label:

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