The following is strong evidence of just how much time I spend focused on my gluten free world…
When Cher sang the Shoop Shoop song she may have been talking about love when she said ‘It’s in his kiss’ but hearing these words leads my wee gluten free noggin (that’s my head) to think about whether kissing could be a source of cross contamination?
The answer is yes, of course it could be and from doing a little research it looks as though there are lots of safe celiacs out there who agree with me. Could glutenous kisses from my boyfriend really be a threat to my now healthy villi? (This may be the weirdest question I’ve ever asked!)
Unless the person you love to kiss has decided to go completely gluten free with you then it’s probably best to stay away from any passionate snogging (or making out to North Americans) unless your partner has brushed their teeth. If they’ve been gorging on a highly glutenous pizza at dinner or you’re out for a drink and they’ve polished off a couple of wheat filled beers, be careful.
I think it was John who thought about this issue before me. At home we eat gluten free together but he eats glutenous lunches at work and snacks on glutenous snacks and beer from time to time. If he has recently eaten gluten he will wipe his mouth and give me a little soft kiss to keep me safe. If we are out at a bar and he’s drinking beer he will kiss me on the cheek. He’s very careful and I love him for it.
When you’ve spent the time ensuring your kitchen is 100% gluten free and double checked the ingredients in everything you need for dinner the last thing you want is to be contaminated by your boyfriend (or girlfriend’s) kisses!
Are you hearing this John? No cookies for you on the journey to meet me at the airport!