preventing gluten contamination in the future
Help I’ve eaten gluten by mistake
- Always read the label –food manufacturers have to declare allergens either in the ingredients list or on the allergen box. Allergen boxes are not mandatory so look out for allergens listed in the ingredients. For more information on what ingredients to look out for please refer to the “what can I eat?” page. If you’re ever unsure if a product is suitable never be afraid to contact the manufacturer.
- Avoid cross contamination – it is important when preparing and storing gluten free food that it is kept separate from gluten containing products. Use a separate toaster or toaster bags for gluten free bread, ensure chopping boards and utensils are thoroughly cleaned or use a separate set. Wipe surfaces after preparing foods containing gluten. Always use separate containers for butters, jams and chutneys and ensure gluten free food is not prepared in a floury atmosphere.
- Restaurant Cards – Now that your own kitchen is free of gluten contamination you need to feel just as safeeating out gluten free. Make sure that when you’re dining out that you specify to the staff your dietary requirements. A lot of places now cater for gluten free diners so be sure to remind them when you order or phone ahead in advance if you can. You can also download free restaurant cards at www.celiactravel.com which you could give to the waiter to remind the staff in the kitchen. You can also download restaurant cards in different languages for various countries if you’re thinking of holidaying abroad gluten free. Celiac Travel asks that you make a small donation in return for their gluten free restaurant cards.
The sensitivity to gluten varies between individuals. Some people with coeliac disease or those who are sensitive to gluten can tolerate higher levels of gluten than others
Symptoms of a "glutening"
Not all individuals who have been diagnosed with coeliac disease will experience symptoms if they consume gluten.
Read Izzy's acount of eating gluten by mistake. Izzy has been diagnosed with Coeliac disease and Dermatitus Herpetiformis.
What to do if I have eaten gluten?
The important thing is to remember that following a gluten free diet is a learning process.