Gluten-Free Social Savvy


The Allergen Labeling Consumer Protection Act of 2004 requires labeling all food products that contain wheat.  Unfortunately this is not the case for  over the counter products and prescriptions [21 U.S.C. § 321(qq) (2012)]  Gluten can be used in various types of medication as a filler or in inactive ingredients.  Wheat therefore may be simply listed as “starch” .  Although starch may be derived from any number for sources it could just as easily be derived from wheat. In addition, wheat may be disguised as wheat, modified starch, pregelatinized starch, dextrates, dextrimaltose, caramel coloring, or dextrin.

Therefore at your sickest you may be left to wonder am I sick because I am sick or am I sick because of gluten poisoning.  How is one to know the source of diarrhea, abdominal pain, depression, joint pain, skin rashes, bloating and a host of other symptoms? Not to mention that these same sets of symptoms can…

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