A Tiny Bit of Gluten Won’t Affect You

I usually don’t comment on things I see on TV but I can’t let this one pass. As the spouse of a person with Celiac Disease I took offense to what was recently said on an episode of The Chew on ABC.

The cooks were using Quinoa with the meal they were preparing. One of them makes the statement that Quinoa is gluten free which is repeated by another host. The lady who made the first gluten free statement then says, “Well, virtually gluten free”. This causes the host to  question the statement. See the video for what is said next:

According to About.com, pure quinoa is gluten free. Here is what Jane Anderson has to say about quinoa:

Yes, pure quinoa is gluten-free, making it safe for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity. However, that doesn’t mean that all products containing quinoa are gluten-free — in fact, some are not. Many — but not all — of the quinoa-based products on the market are considered gluten-free.

With all that said, I understand that something “virtually gluten free” may affect some people more than others but in my opinion, it is either gluten free or it isn’t. Feel free to leave your thoughts!


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