One of the difficult things for me as a celiac patient and a doctor to celiac patients is to help others understand what “no gluten” means.
A typical conversation:
“You can have pancakes, can’t you?”
“Not if they have gluten in them.”
“Is wheat the same as gluten?”
“Yes. Wheat contains gluten.”
Trying to have a no-gluten home is a challenge. But when even an 1/8 of a teaspoon of flour can set off celiac symptoms, getting this message across is important.
Wheat, barley and rye, the most frequently used grains containing gluten, are in so many products. Maybe half the grocery store when you start to think about it.
To help with this understanding of what gluten-free means, I’ve developed a handout that you can post on your refrigerator or email to friends and family.
Every little bit helps!
Our Home Is Gluten-Free.
What this means is that we ensure that
every room in our home contains no gluten
from wheat, rye and barley or other grains.
All the food and products
in our kitchen and home are gluten-free.
We are gluten-free because
a family member has celiac disease.
Touching, eating or inhaling even
1/8thof a teaspoon of a gluten product
can set off debilitating symptoms
that can last for weeks.
We ask that you not bring any food products
into our home unless
we have deemed them as safe
Thank you for your help in keeping our family strong and healthy.