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6 Myths about Gluten-Free Diets (Slideshow)

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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.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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3:06AM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

Thanks for sharing!!

4:50PM PST on Jan 26, 2014

Thank you.

9:55PM PST on Jan 24, 2014

great to know

11:35PM PST on Jan 11, 2014

Actually quite an honest article, doesn't try to slant or distort any of the myths. I had a girlfriend with Celiac's so I learned all about it then. Not something I would want to have to put up with since I grew up on the wheatfields of Nebraska, & used to chew wheat kernels to make gum out of them when I was plowing the fields.

2:28AM PST on Nov 24, 2013

I'm always interested to see gluten-free articles. Unfortunately I DO love bread and keep looking for a good-tasting bread w/out gluten. :)

11:42AM PST on Nov 20, 2013

FYI. New research is finding that many people with non-celiac gluten sensitivities actually have reactions to the fructans in wheat, rye, and barley, rather than the glutens. Good news for those who test negative for reactions to gluten but still react to the foods, but more difficult to manage because even more foods need to be added to the list to avoid.

2:16PM PDT on Sep 18, 2013

I'm just embarking on a gluten-free life now so any info is beneficial to me. Thank you.

7:39AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

3:21AM PDT on Jul 30, 2013


3:00AM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

Thanks for spreading the word. I have a gluten allergy and find that just ordering gluten-free foods is useless if it is prepared on the same surfaces that have been used for foods that contain gluten, even when you can get the kitchen staff to take extra precautions of wiping things down or washing their utensils. So far sushi has been the only thing I can safely eat out, and even then, have to avoid some items.

But I'll never go back. And if people were actually aware of the very long list of odd symptoms of gluten allergies, likely a ton more people would realize that it is causing them problems. And yeah, even wheat-based kitty litters can cause a reaction with small amounts of wheat dust in the air.

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