I don’t know about you, but I am thrilled with the GF options available in stores now. There are many companies that realize how important it is for those of us with Celiac Disease. It makes life easier when I am the only celiac in a house of 5! I can make a frozen meal when I don’t feel like cooking for my herd and order pizza or Chinese food.
A little note about labeling for true Celiacs:
FDA only requires <20ppm be present in foods labeled as GF. Why is it important to know this? As a celiac(true celiac) of 20+years, any presence of gluten gives me a reaction. Seriously, stirring pasta with the same fork will give me a reaction. That would qualify as less than 20ppm, and yet I still have symptoms.
Certified Gluten Free:
These products have been certified by a Celiac group. While you can’t really be positive about the possibility of cross contamination, the companies that have dedicated GF facilities realize that some of us can’t take the risk of even <1ppm of gluten in our diet.
Yes, there are people that use GF as a fad diet and have no real medical issue requiring them to be GF. Those of us that do, can’t have gluten in any product we use.
This unfortunately include cosmetics. “How?” You might ask. Well, think about it. You apply a powder foundation, breathing in the product. You lick your lips. These are now consumed. Boom! Reaction.
Back to my rant on labeling.
I personally hate having to read labels. It drives me crazy. Reading labels adds 30-45 minutes to my grocery shopping experience. I enjoy grocery shopping. I know it’s odd, but it’s usually the only time I get without children. So, when I read the label on a product I had recently purchased in the “specialty” foods section labeled “Gluten Free” and saw “processed in a facility that also processes wheat” I was floored. Due to my laziness and excitement of finding a dish that sounded yummy and was labeled GF, I didn’t read the label until after I ate it and spent the night in the fetal position with cramps and a headache. Totally my fault! I should have read the label before I ate it.
Why am I mad about the misleading label? Because I have celiac disease! It’s not a fad diet. It’s not a suggested diet to help me lose weight. It’s an autoimmune disease that very few doctors know the extent of even the slightest exposure on our system. It not only effects the gut, which is bad enough, but has multiple system issues. Neuro, psych, muscular, joint, respiratory, and reproductive. It causes nutritional deficiencies which can leave long term lasting damage.
Why is it that a 20yo food chain manager knows that frying chips that are gluten free in oil that you fry something that isn’t makes the item contaminated, yet large companies and the “governing body” for labeling don’t? If you are going to go through the expense of labeling, would the cost of a dedicated facility be that difficult?
Oh! And if I have someone tell me that “if there is any, it wouldn’t effect you”, one more time, I may go postal! Seriously. I would like to start adding Miralax to their coffee and say “it’s just a little bit. You should be fine.”