There are many misconceptions when it comes to eating gluten free and I hear things quite often that shouldn’t be said to someone who has a condition, especially a disease or an allergy. Here are a few that I’ve heard and just shouldn’t be said.
1. “A little bit won’t hurt you.” If you have a peanut allergy, a little peanut will hurt, right? So, if I have an AUTOIMMUNE disease, why wouldn’t a little bit hurt me? I know my body and it would hurt.
2. “Gluten free is just a fad.” Yes, to some people it is and I will admit that there is a lot of info out there that would make it seem that way. For many of us, this is a way of life. It’s the way it HAS to be and I don’t have a choice in it. By the way, if you are following a gluten free diet to lose weight, it doesn’t really work that way. I would encourage you to look into a Paleo diet.
3. “I couldn’t give up bread and pasta. I don’t know how you do it.” This one cracks me up because it usually comes from someone who has never had to give anything up. When you HAVE to do something for your health, you do it, even if you don’t want to.
4. “I can’t believe that they haven’t come up with a pill so you can eat wheat.” They are, honestly, working on it but I’m still not sure if I would take it. I mean, what if it doesn’t work? So, until it is a for sure thing, I will avoid anything with gluten.
5. “I think this is gluten free.” Think? Really? I think my brakes work on my car. This is something I run into at restaurants a lot and a lot of this is just not educating people, which is our responsibility. Either an item is or it isn’t gluten free, end of story. And by the way, removing croutons from a salad, taking a bun out from under and on top of a hamburger, etc doesn’t make an item gluten free, it just makes it bread free.
6. “If gluten is so bad, why do people still eat it?” This is a super good question. For most people, gluten doesn’t affect people, just like peanuts aren’t dangerous for people without a peanut allergy. My body won’t process the gluten (the protein found in wheat, barley and rye) and actually causes my body to reject food, to cause my body to not absorb minerals, etc. If your body can still process gluten, there is no need to cut it out although I would recommend limiting your intake.
These are just a few things that I hear and, to be honest, most just roll of my back. The lesson here? Just be cautious of what you say!
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