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Eating Gluten-Free for the Big Game

January 31, 2011

Our friends at the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) recently held a webinar with Margaret Weiss Masiello, RD, from the Kogan Celiac Center about eating gluten-free at parties. Since the Super Bowl is quickly approaching, we thought we’d share her expert tips.  Because eating a 100% gluten-free diet is the only known cure for celiac disease, it’s important to stick to your gluten-free diet, even during a Super Bowl Party.

Here are a few tips to keep you on track this Super Bowl Sunday:

  • Call ahead to alert the host of your dietary needs.
  • Educate your party hosts about celiac disease and gluten cross-contamination.
  • Never assume that food is gluten-free. Always ask your host about gluten-free options.
  • Be aware of the risks of cross contamination through utensils and preparation methods.
  • Ask to read food labels.
  • Eat naturally gluten-free foods.
  • Offer to bring a dish that’s gluten-free so you know you’ll have something you like to enjoy.

Remember, no matter how hungry you are, just a small amount of gluten can start an auto-immune reaction. Momentary pleasure from a snack with gluten is not worth the long-lasting diet and health effects. As one of our tips suggests, bring some of your favorite naturally gluten-free foods to parties so you have something to eat, or eat a small meal at home before the big game to fight hunger.

As far as beverages are concerned, steer clear of all beers (unless specifically labeled gluten-free) and any malted beverages. Any distilled liquor is normally safe to drink, as well as alcohol made from grapes including wine, cognac, brandy and champagne. Cheers to a gluten-free Super Bowl!

To view and listen to past webinars from NFCA, visit the Archived Webinars.

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