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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Is A Little Gluten Better Than Alot?
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I was wondering if a little crumb glutens me will it be not as bad as like a whole piece of bread or is it just as bad?

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I was wondering if a little crumb glutens me will it be not as bad as like a whole piece of bread or is it just as bad?

 

Since eating any amount of gluten, no matter how small is like eating poison and will cause damage, I can reword this sentence in a way that should answer itself for you.

 

I was wondering if a little crumb of rat poison will be not as bad as like a whole box of rat poison or is it just as bad?

 

It sounds harsh, but it is exactly how seriously it needs to be taken to be healthy. Sure, accidents may happen... but would you ever eat rat poison on purpose? I should hope not.

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Any amount of gluten is enough to trigger the immune response.  Once triggered it can take time for this response to stop.  A tiny crumb each day is enough to prevent healing and/or cause symptoms to return/worsen.

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I read this question different than most people, I am thinking you are asking if your reaction to a crumb or small amount would be the same as if you ate (or when you ate before diagnosis) a lot of gluten.  

 

For me I get the exact same reaction now if I accidently get a little from cross contaminiation (because I would never knowing eat a small amount OR a big amount) as it was before diagnosis.  I know for some people it is worse, or they recognize new symptoms they never noticed before diagnosis.  

 

If your question was really to know if you can eat just a little bit every once in a while then I would second everything said in the responses above.

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My reactions tend to vary according to how much gluten and what type (although as the others said, any small amount will hurt).  A beer would cause me to ballon up, get a headache and stomach ache, pancakes gave me pain. I was accidentally glutening myself this winter with some fries that had wheat starch in them. I was making them for my boys and would eat 5 or so every week. I didn't have any obvious reactions immediately but over time I slowly felt worse and worse and I KNEW something was wrong...Wheat starch on a few fries made me feel pretty poorly and I'm sure that was tiny amounts.

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Thanks everyone for answering, I kinda knew the answer to that but I just wanted to see what everyone else said. I am not planning to eat tiny crumbs lol I just wanted to know the effects of an accidental crumb being ingested. 

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