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It Can Be Frustrating Being Victim to Hidden Sources of Gluten

Posted by nepeht on November 6, 2008

  Sometimes for some of us, a little (or a lot of) Gluten seems to be OK.  That is our choice.

  But for others, those who choose NOT to have Gluten in our system, it can be frustrating when we find (typically through symptoms and recapping what we have eaten lately) that we have eat something containing Gluten.

  I love Chines food.  Really!  But in some cases, there is wheat in the soy sauce they use to make dishes.  Others might use wheat in thickening those wonderful sauces. 

Reading Accurately Between the Lines is NOT Always Easy (c.2008, WTB)
Reading Accurately Between the Lines is NOT Always Easy (c.2008, WTB)

  One cannot always read between the lines of a menu that does not even have the words “flour” or “wheat” on it.  And this is in no way the fault of those who own Chinese restaurants.  It is rare one finds those words on menus in any U.S. restaurants.

  Perhaps it seems selfish, but I wish that restaurants in the U.S. would note dishes containing Gluten for their customers.  This would not be too difficult.
  I have heard that in some countries, such warnings are common. 
 
 I recently read the following post at http://www.otmenu.com/blog/category/gluten-free:
People avoiding gluten love to dine out as much as anyone, but their choices tend to be limited, boring and sometimes hazardous. Often a restaurant’s staff is not educated on a gluten-free diet, leaving the job up to the customer. Imagine having to explain your diet every time you dine out? If the message doesn’t reach the kitchen staff or isn’t thoroughly understood, then dining out becomes a health risk. The experience can leave a bad taste in the mouth and a stomach ache to boot.
Gluten-free dining is a win-win for everyone. Gluten-free dining options create many happy guests. And happy guests are loyal customers.
We at On The Menu, LLC have a division of our company called the Gluten DetectivesÒ. We help restaurants solve the mystery of offering gluten-free foods. We investigate foods; tracking down suspect ingredients and running background checks to ensure a gluten-free outcome. We educate restaurant staff on the gluten-free diet and provide them with tips to prevent cross contact.
  I was glad to see that the “Gluten Detectives” exist http://www.gluten-detectives.com/.  On their website it says:
The Gluten Detectives at On The Menu, LLC solve the mystery of offering and finding gluten-free foods. We investigate foods; tracking down suspect ingredients and running background checks to ensure a gluten-free outcome. We debrief foodservice companies with tips to prevent cross-contamination and will even train their staff.
Whether you have celiac disease, a gluten intolerance or just want to eliminate gluten from your diet you can count on the Gluten Detectives to get the facts.
Check out the restaurants that we have helped develop gluten-free menus.
  Isn’t that something?!?!?!
  Let us hope that more of these advocates will pop up and that eventually, the problem of accidentally eating hidden gluten will no longer exist.
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One Response to “It Can Be Frustrating Being Victim to Hidden Sources of Gluten”

  1. John Bricout said

    You make a good point about the availability of solutions to the ‘hidden gluten’ problem in restaurants. In fact, given that most restaurants have a Web presence and can be accessed through most major search engines, adding a page on ‘gluten-free dish alternatives’ could fetch additional customers; both those directly concerned with gluten and those wishing to patronize health-conscious restaurants generally. Your blog performs an important public service. Thank you!

    Richmond John

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