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Celiac disease: Gluten gets into our food through utensils such as pots or tea towels

Celiac disease: Gluten gets into our food through utensils such as pots or tea towels


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Pots, tea towels and the like: contamination with gluten on kitchen utensils
People who suffer from gluten intolerance (celiac disease) have to eat a consistently gluten-free diet throughout their lives to avoid complaints and to avoid long-term consequences. Care should also be taken with kitchen utensils.

Those affected must avoid foods that contain gluten for life
According to estimates, about one percent of the German population suffers from gluten intolerance (celiac disease). It is a chronic disease of the small intestine, which is caused by a lifetime of intolerance to the gluten protein. Those affected eat gluten-containing foods and experience typical symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating and fatty stools. In addition to the acute complaints, long-term impairments also arise. Therapy is not yet available. Only a strict avoidance of the glue protein, which is found in many types of cereals and processed foods, can help.

Always clean kitchen utensils thoroughly
In addition, those affected also have to pay attention to some things in the kitchen. For example, work surfaces, cookware and baking tins should always be cleaned thoroughly to avoid contamination with gluten. Furthermore, dishcloths and tea towels should always be free of flour dust. This is what the magazine "Lebensmittelpraxis" points out in its current edition (10/16). "Tools made of wood (cutting boards, wooden spoons, etc.) and grain mills should only be used for gluten-free preparation or use, since cleaning them is difficult," the experts write on their website. And when cooking, roasting or deep-frying, gluten-free foods should not be cooked in the same cooking water or frying fat as foods containing gluten. (ad)

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