Kissing and gluten cross-contamination has not been studied by medical researchers, and there are no hard facts to report.But celiac disease experts are not overly concerned about any real risk. D., director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University in New York said if there is no visible food on the mouth, “the chance of there being any gluten present is infinitesimal.” Ultimately, “it’s going to be up to the individual,” she said.This can be a big problem for young people, said Mary Kay Sharrett, a Nutrition Support Dietitian and member of Gluten-Free Living’s Dietetic Advisory Board.“There are some kids that will decide not to follow their diet for that reason or for the meal in an effort to go out on a date and not draw attention to themselves,” she said.“On the big traditional sites, I maybe got one date in a year who understood my gluten-free lifestyle,” says Ms Romaya, 48.“You run into so many issues – choosing the restaurant, ordering the right meal….
It’s unlikely there is enough gluten in a date’s lipstick to cause real problems, especially given the amount you’d have to share and swallow.
Before she was diagnosed with coeliac disease, Pia Strobel never thought she’d be so scared of breadcrumbs on the counter, so afraid of putting a knife down in the kitchen, or so thrilled to fall in love with someone who felt exactly the same way.
Ms Strobel, 48, was searching for gluten-free restaurants online when she stumbled across the niche dating website that changed her life.
Sharrett advises her patients to let a date know in advance what restaurants are safe for them so they can go in with a strategy.
As with going out to eat any other time, research your date restaurant spot in advance and find out whether it has a gluten-free menu and the restaurant is familiar with correct handling of gluten-free foods in the kitchen.