A few days ago I was speaking to my friend who happens to have another friend with coeliac disease. Whilst we were cooking dinner together she noticed how careful I was being and how much attention I was paying to everything. I scrubbed every pot, pan, knife and spoon before we used them and checked the labels of each and every ingredient we were cooking with. All of this is normal practice for me.
Apparently her other coeliac friend isn’t nearly as cautious but not only that, she also sometimes ‘cheats’ and eats small amounts of gluten from time to time..KNOWINGLY!
I understand that accidents happen and the possibility of being glutenated is certainly a risk, especially when eating out, but I can’t imagine anyone who has been diagnosed with coeliac disease and who understands both the short term symptoms and long term consequences of eating gluten wanting to risk being careless.
Admittedly I have always been a little OCD and by nature can become very obsessive about things even when they aren’t extremely important, never mind when they are, so I can certainly understand why not everyone would be as cautious as myself. However, I still cannot understand why any coeliac would KNOWINGLY choose to eat something containing gluten!
I could perhaps even understand a situation arising when you couldn’t find
anything safe to eat and chose to risk something you weren’t certain about. I personally wouldn’t risk it but I can understand why others may. What I’m referring to though is a completely different story. It turns out that my friend’s friend eats (gluten containing) Rice Krispies from time to time and toasts her gluten free bread in the office toaster alongside normal glutenous bread. I am amazed by this! There are plenty of safe, gluten free cereals out there so why eat a cereal which is known to contain gluten? And why deliberately contaminate yourself with glutenous crumbs? It makes no sense at all! Can anyone understand this or are you amazed like me by the unnecessary sillyness?? Would you eat something you knew contained gluten just because?? I’d love to hear your opinions on this…