19 Apr What Is Gluten?
What Is Gluten?
Gluten is basically the name of the proteins found in various grains. Gluten is also responsible for how the shapes of foods are maintained. I’ve once heard that it is considered the “glue” of foods. If you want to do a fun experiment and waste ingredients, try using a gluten free flour that does not contain xanthan gum (this is like a substitute for what gluten does to foods) and bake your favorite cake with it. You’ll then understand more clearly as to how gluten works.
Having issues with gluten opened my world to something completely new to me. I needed to do my research and learn about gluten. I also learned that I was definitely not the only one who had no idea…
My husband and I were gifted with dinner theater certificates. It was our first time ever going to one and I was nervous for obvious reasons. I went online to the company’s website and read about their accommodation for food allergies. I was elated! I quickly called them and discussed the safe options with the chef.
The day arrived for our date and I was looking forward to a wonderful show with great food. The salad came first. Mine had croutons on it. When I explained to the waitress that I had a gluten allergy, she looked puzzled. If I’m going to be transparent here, I was very upset. How can this waitress not know croutons are like old, stale bread and that bread has gluten?! The entree came out and it was the safe option the chef and I had discussed a few weeks earlier. But, then the dessert came out. The waitress brought out the dessert to our table. When she placed the apple crisp (not GF) before me, I almost lost it. Her words were, “You can eat this because there’s no gluten in it.”
Here’s the thing, I could have blown a gasket and given her a piece of my mind. And yes, I would have. The Amy from that place in time had A LOT of learning and humbling to go through. I can’t even say this is a thing of the past because I continue to learn and go through moments of humility. Looking back, I am grateful I did not say what I was thinking towards the sweet waitress. She was just trying to be helpful. The truth of the matter is that many people are not familiar with certain food allergies or sensitivities. I’ve noticed more awareness towards gluten and other allergies now; but like me, it may not seem real until it hits closer to home.
This experience has reminded me to show more grace to others. I mean, we continue to receive God’s grace even when we are so far from perfect. I wasn’t in my food allergy shoes until a couple of years ago. I was just like that waitress with her lack of knowledge before all of this. Yes, I do believe those working in the food industry should have more awareness of allergies relating to food. However, I have to keep in mind that not everyone is going to know. And that is ok. We learn from each other. And we grow together.