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Nine-year-old Marysa Gavankar and her parents were enjoying a meal together at a local restaurant where the food-allergic little girl had dined safely many times before. Marysa ate the usual fresh-cooked French fries and a plain hamburger patty, supplemented with a bun from home. In between bites, she sipped a raspberry-flavored soda, a new drink for her. When they finished eating, Marysa said her tummy hurt.
Lets face it. Dating involves a certain degree of tension, anxiety and embarrassment. You worry about your outfit, your hair, your conversation skills. You wonder if your date is having a good time, fret over each awkward pause and speculate about a goodnight kiss. Yet those with food allergies have a litany of additional concerns competing for their attention. Will the restaurant be able to handle your needs? Are the ingredients of this dish safe? What about cross contaminationor for that matter, kiss contamination?
Not long ago, a real-life muse appeared in my kitchen: Rebecca Reilly, master of gluten-free baking. Preparing for a shtick in an upcoming celiac cooking conference, Rebecca and I created recipes with flour flying as we tested, nibbled and baked. We billed ourselves as The Dueling Chefs, our goal being to show our audience different ways to make gluten-free pizza.
The first time I stood in the noodle aisle of an Asian market, my head was spinning. The sheer quantity of noodles was overwhelming and the task of sorting through the different varieties in search of gluten-free choices seemed completely insurmountable.
When youre under the weather, the last thing you want to worry about is whether your prescription drugs will make you sicker. Does your medication contain gluten? Unfortunately, this can be a tough question to answer. Gluten (like other common allergens) doesnt have to be listed as an ingredient on prescription or over-the-counter medications.