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Teri Gruss, MS

Should You Eat Gluten-Free Food Your Family or Friends Cook?

By November 8, 2012

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Homemade Gluten-Free Gifts from the KitchenI was traveling last week and had to deal with the dreaded "I made this just for you and it's gluten-free" situation.

A kindhearted, thoughtful relative or friend goes to the effort to cook something gluten-free. Just for you! They explain that everything they used in the recipe is gluten-free. You thank them from the bottom of your heart for their thoughtfulness but then are plagued with thoughts of doubt.

Do they know that canned soups and beans may have added wheat as a thickener or that salad dressings may have wheat in them or that nuts may be cross-contaminated in a facility that processes wheat? Hmm. What to do?

How rude it seems to grill the bearer of a kind gift with questions about reading labels and understanding all sources of gluten in processed foods.  Do they really know how to sniff out gluten on a label? Do you dare take a taste or not?

Of course the answer is NO. But how should we handle this inevitable situation?

Our Guide to Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity, Jane Anderson addresses this issue in her article Should You Eat Gluten-Free Food Prepared by Friends or Relatives.? Jane's take will help you deal with this difficult situation - and one that will present itself frequently during the coming holidays.



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