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Gluten-free story 5: “Having breakfast with the enemy”

Does chocolate milk have gluten

Fernando was a happy, easy-going, active guy… and celiac. He had passed his first quarter of century when he was diagnosed with celiac disease. He didn´t get scared, neither his family, which immediately started the elaboration of new gluten-free dishes.

The relationship between Fernando and the gluten protein had its hight when he started his internship in a company specialized in allergens, mainly in gluten detection. There, he and his colleagues met every morning to have breakfast. While his colleagues ordered toast and coffees, Fernando still loyal to his hot chocolate he used to drink at home did not notice that in this the cafeteria the chocolate powder was another brand…

All suddenly changed the day that another new colleague joined the company. She was also celiac. When she saw Fernando drinking without hesitation his cup of hot chocolate of a well-known spanish brand, she was very surprised: “Don’t you know that this beverage  is made with wheat flour?”. Fernando didn’t believe her, he use to drink that beverage every morning without any suspicious that it may contains gluten!

Fernando’s doubt and his colleagues were growing. They decided to analyze Fernando’s hot chocolate that he drank every morning, to examine it possible gluten content. They used  GlutenTox Home, a test that can be done at home and which can show the results in less than 2 minutes.

Thus, Fernando with his colleagues came back to the office, and after following the GlutenTox Home steps they were waiting for the result. One blue colour on the strip would allow  Fernando to remain calm: this would indicate the sample is gluten-free. However, his worst fears became true: the strip showed and intense red line in less than 1 minutes, which demonstrated the presence of the forbidden substance. Fernando was astonished: he had been eating breakfast with his enemy the last 4 months!

Scientifics researches have demonstrated that more than 40% of celiac patients fail to adhere to the gluten-free diet. Fortunately, new solutions can be used to control their diets.