If you’re not gluten-free, it might be hard to imagine having to worry about things like cross-contamination or gluten-free labels. And sometimes people who don’t have to worry about gluten get ideas about the gluten-free life that are just plain wrong. We’re here to clear those stereotypes about people who eat gluten-free once and for all.
1. They’re all allergic to gluten.
Nope. While celiac disease is a very real condition, not everyone who eats gluten-free is doing it because they can’t physically process gluten. Some people freely choose to eliminate gluten from their diets.
2. They can’t have anything with carbs.
While you probably associate gluten with things that are also carbohydrate-packed like bread and pasta, gluten is not the same thing as carbs.
3. People who eat gluten-free never go out to eat.
It is often harder to eat at restaurants if you’re gluten-free, but it’s not impossible. As long as they know what items to look for and aren’t afraid to confirm the ingredients with the waiter, they’ll be just fine.
4. They’ll always try to convince you that you should stop eating gluten.
There are those annoying people who never shut up about how no one should ever eat gluten and how much better they would feel after cutting gluten from their diet. There will always be those people. But they give all the other gluten-free people a bad rap. Most of them are perfectly nice, normal, not annoying people who just have a different diet.
5. They can’t even be in the same room as food that has gluten.
Getting glutened isn’t like getting the flu. If there’s flour dust floating around in the air, sure, that might cause a reaction – but if you’re having a doughnut next to someone who doesn’t eat gluten, no worries. They won’t react just because someone’s eating a gluten product nearby.
Do you know of any other common stereotypes about people who eat gluten-free? Tell us in the comments below!