6 Struggles Only Gluten-Free People Understand
1. Having to explain what gluten actually is.
Gluten is a protein that is found in barley, wheat, rye, and derivatives. While it is mostly found in food it is also featured in bath and beauty products. 1 in 133 people are gluten intolerant or have Celiac Disease.
2. Searching for a Gluten-Free certification seal like it’s the holy grail.
There are three main certification seals that those with Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance seek out. They can be a pain to find in regular stores though.
- Gluten-Free Certification Organization
- Certified Gluten-Free
- Celiac Support Association
3. Feeling like Mary Poppins and carrying enough gluten-free food to last an entire day.
You never know if you are going to get stuck somewhere without safe food around.
4. Reading every label to make sure that it’s safe to eat.
Not only do you have to read all the ingredients, but because sometimes the descriptions are vague, and you have to hit up Google to make sure it’s safe. You can spend hours at the grocery store… just reading.
5. Missing out on free food
Everything from the bread served at a restaurant to office bagels. There is no worse thing than seeing everyone devour delicious food, while you watch awkwardly.
6. The looks you get when you say you are gluten-free
A gluten-free diet is a necessary evil for many people, but unfortunately, a lot of people aren’t fully educated about it, or they just assume it’s a health fad. After a while, you get sick of someone either having absolutely no idea what you are talking about, or rolling their eyes, and completely dismissing you as a health fad wannabe.
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