I’ve been asked often “A little bit can’t hurt, can it?” And at first, I thought it couldn’t but the truth is, it can. It can hurt a lot. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder and the damage done can’t be undone with an epi pen so when I eat something with wheat, barley or rye it damages me. It take months, maybe years, to undo the damage and sometimes the damage can’t be undone. All of this depends on how long it took for diagnosis and then how long it takes to completely be gluten free.
A little bit can hurt a lot.
Nicole Kuhl, CCN, Director of Nutrition, and Health Coach at LifeSpan, says, “Another way to think about it would be to consider the effects of adding a couple drops of cyanide to a glass of water. A couple of tablespoons would be more toxic than a couple drops, but a couple of drops is still toxic.”
That bite of a muffin, taste of a pasta dish, sip of beer can have a huge impact on my well being. That is why the FDA will be strongly enforcing the 20ppm limit for things labeled gluten free. This law will go into affect next August and I will be happy to know my food is safe for me to eat. Because the FDA believes that this is the best way to prevent me, and many others, from being accidently “glutened”, it MUST be important to not have it.
So next time someone says that they follow a gluten free diet, refrain from asking “don’t you want just a little?” The truth is that they probably do but can’t.