gluten-free Samples At The Health Food Store
Posted 15 October 2011 - 10:20 AM
My husband freaked out when I told him and he said I should have spoken to someone about it but I was in a huge rush and I am fairly sure that the 16 year old behind the counter didn't care. I just told him I have to be totally responsible for myself and not expect anyone else to do it for me. Once I thought about it, I do regret it because of people that may not have realized the cookies were a problem. I expect the store was not intentionally trying to poison people, it was just a mistake. I do try to educate when I can, I just wasn't in the mood.
I bet I wouldn't have liked the muffin anyway...
IgA gliadin 24 (normal <11)
IgG gliadin 38 (normal <11)
Endoscopy showed damage that looked like "classic celiac", biopsy showed total villous atrophy
Started gluten-free diet Aug 31, 2010
Only real symptoms are huge weight loss and neuropathy
Posted 15 October 2011 - 11:26 AM
This is typical behavior at health food stores anyway, it's why I would never do a sample, especially I am wary of anything marked "organic," they tend to be the worst offenders. We've all seen the spelt bread right next to the gluten free bread in the freezer case, etc.
Posted 15 October 2011 - 11:44 AM
But I think mixed samples on the sample tray is just SILLY. I'd let them know casually (a note dropped off, an email, a comment next time you're there) just to feel better about maybe preventing a new less informed celiac from a reaction, but I agree with the looking out for yourself thing. Odds are good I won't starve by passing up any questionable food in this day and age.
glutenfree since 6/2011. sick for 30 years.
borderline blood test, negative biopsy.
SEVERELY sensitive celiac with DH. sensitive to contact and ingestion.
asthma (was severe; improved exponentially after 6/11)
spina bifida & childhood SCI at L4/L5 (possibly complicated by weak bones)
countless fractures and infections.
i once listed over 100 symptoms or conditions that improved or were eliminated after 6/11.
very vegan. and, of course, i've also discovered some other food allergies.
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