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Unseen Gluten Dangers: Navigating the Pitfalls for Celiacs and the Gluten-Sensitive

November 17, 20231 min read

For those managing celiac or gluten sensitivity, avoiding gluten is crucial. However, the American Journal of Gastroenterology's study reveals a disconcerting truth – 32% of foods labeled gluten-free aren't. Gluten lurks in unexpected places, with gluten-free pizza and pasta topping the list at a 53.2% failure rate.

Having interned at various restaurants, I witnessed rampant cross-contamination, especially at high-end establishments. The lack of consideration for specific dietary needs is a pervasive issue, as highlighted by the study's findings. Restaurant staff, often underpaid and young, may not prioritize careful food handling.

Beyond wheat, rye, and barley, gluten hides in various forms as a texture modifier, binder, and even in supplement capsules. The FDA's gluten-free labeling standard is controversial, lacking consistent testing and government oversight.

For those with compromised health, avoiding packaged and restaurant foods is advised to prevent potential health risks. Taking chances demands a proactive approach – scrutinize ingredients, contact manufacturers, and inquire extensively when dining out. Your body is your greatest asset; treat it with the care it deserves.

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Brandon Drake

Brandon, the VP of Business Development at LabSmarts, empowers practitioners with bio-individualized blood work interpretation software, enhancing accuracy and efficiency in analysis while preserving personalized healthcare philosophies for optimal patient care. Brandon also works as Business Development Consultant at a leading CRM company. His role involves fostering partnerships with individuals and organizations keen on optimizing their operational processes and elevating customer and prospect interactions. The overarching objective is to catalyze business growth. Brandon’s approach centers on in-depth comprehension of your unique business landscape, objectives, and pain points. This enables him to discern how his company’s CRM technology can effectively resolve your specific challenges. His foremost aim is to empower customers to harness the full potential of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions, thereby streamlining operations, enhancing efficiency, and fostering growth, all while maintaining the human touch in the digital age. Brandon Drake

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