2. Myth: People with Celiac Disease Aren’t Nearly As Sensitive as They Claim to Be.
Reality: People with Celiac disease are supposed to steer clear of even the smallest amounts of gluten. So, yes, that means that a gluten-free baked good made on the same table as a wheat bread, for instance, can set off a terrible attack. Some people with Celiac disease can’t even walk down the bread aisle at the grocery store without feeling uncomfortable.
Different celiac patients have different levels of tolerance. You may have noticed that in your own life. I sure have: a coworker who couldn’t tolerate someone eating a sandwich 10 feet away, and a roommate who had no problems with five decidedly non gluten-intolerant people.
The problem is, though, that there just isn’t enough research out there about what is and isn’t okay for people with gluten sensitivities to eat. So, understandably, doctors tell patients to avoid gluten all together.