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Think bread, and think of a thousand other products.
I can’t eat a bread crumb (or a tiny amount of bread, beer, pizza, soy sauce, fake crab, gluten-containing ice cream).
Judging from the response to the newly launched dating site Gluten Free Singles (hereafter GFS), the majority opinion is “nothing.” Reactions to the site from the non-gluten-free have ranged from bemused to dismissive to downright derisive. Here’s why: 1) Eating gluten-free (really, truly, not-continuing-to-damage-your-body-through-lax-adherence gluten-free) is until your symptoms have resolved, which can take six months to two years.
Even then, most places boasting “gluten-free” menu items aren’t actually trustworthy. 2) Dating someone who isn’t gluten-free, if you’re gluten-free, is hard.
I have celiac disease, so I’ll never eat gluten again.
I do still want to date…but what does that have to do with gluten?
The only way for a person to treat celiac disease is to stop eating wheat. You might be thinking, “oh, no baked goods,” but gluten is in almost everything.One bread crumb or a few drops of soy sauce cause harm, and most restaurant kitchens are too cramped and frenetic to prevent such contamination. Not only because the person might not fully get it or even believe you.And not only because our dating culture is so intertwined with food—think dinner dates, ice cream cones on the beach, romantic home-cooked meals in.Those who have Celiac disease or are gluten intolerant need to be extremely careful about what to eat on a daily basis.Celiac disease has numerous different symptoms with each person having their own unique reaction to gluten.A few common symptoms are gastrointestinal distress, bloating, diarrhea, vomiting, anemia, weight loss, and abdominal pain.Adults can also be anemic, and suffer from fatigue, bone and joint pain.My girlfriend cannot eat any processed foods without checking the ingredients first.I was not surprised that some hot dogs or sausages had wheat mixed in, but I had no idea that several brands of dairy products, such as some ice creams and yogurts, use gluten as a thickener. My girlfriend can’t even lick envelopes because some use a gluten product to make the glue.Gluten is in an amazing array of products, and the possibility of cross-contamination makes many products unsafe.Navigating life as a celiac is complicated, especially in the United States where the FDA is three years late issuing even minimal guidelines to manufacturers on safe limits for “gluten-free” products.