This weeks blog is going to address some of the most ridiculous questions I get asked from friends and teammates. The things they ask actually make me laugh out loud. Slowly but surely, they are becoming more educated about what gluten is.
Question 1: Why are you eating rice, doesn’t that have gluten?
– NO! Rice is gluten free. If I had a dollar for everytime someone asked me if rice is gluten, I would seriously be rich. All natural forms of rice — white, brown, or wild — are gluten-free.
Question 2: Did you try the corndog today in the dining hall? It was so good!
-After getting asked this question, I laughed aloud and said, “considering the fact a corndog is covered in breading, I’m gonna go with no. No, I did not eat the corndog for lunch.” This question could have been avoided, if my teammate thought about what a corndog is before asking me if it was gluten free.
Question 3: So like…is water gluten free?
-I can’t even start with this one. All I am going to say is yes, water is in fact gluten free.
Question 4: What is gluten?
-This is actually a fair question for someone uneducated about gluten and celiac disease. In simple terms, Gluten is a protein found in many grains, including wheat, barley, and rye. It’s common in foods such as bread, pasta, pizza, and cereal. Gluten provides no essential nutrients. People with celiac disease have an immune reaction that is triggered by eating gluten.
Question 5: Why are you eating that, won’t you get sick from the gluten? (this is my favorite question)
-While sitting in the dining hall, I will be enjoying my meal and almost every time someone asks, why are you eating that? I respond with why not. They always come back with, well isn’t that gluten. All I can say is, why would I be eating a meal that would make me sick. Some of my friends really lack common sense when it comes to the topic of gluten and my diet, but I love them for it!
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