There’s a reason for the three question marks above. This seems to be an issue that just won’t go away.
I used to think coffee was just weird.
And that the people who drank coffee were weird.
Growing up, my parents had this old-fashioned coffee pot and every weekend morning, it seemed a big production just to make this ‘brown stuff that smelled funny’.
Occasionally, I would try to act like a big-boy and join my parents in a cup of coffee. But of course, I would load it with 9 tablespoons of sugar and a half-gallon of milk. And the taste still repulsed me.
Fast forward to my early twenties and my roommate in New York City would start every morning grinding his coffee beans, waking my ass up from a deep slumber, and all I could think was “Really…a cup of coffee is worth this much effort and noise??”
Being that I was bartending back in those days and usually didn’t get to sleep until the wee hours, it was not a welcoming sound at 7am.
I simply did not understand why people drank coffee.
Until I started drinking coffee.
And then I got it.
Boy…did I get it.
And for the past twenty years, not a morning has gone by where I have not had a cup of joe (or 2…or 3).
I love everything about it. The aroma, the routine, the caffeine kick.
When I was diagnosed with celiac, my first two questions were “Can I still drink alcohol and can I still drink coffee?”
Thankfully, the answers to both questions were a resounding YES!
But recently, there have been some reports that perhaps those with celiac disease should not drink coffee.
I feel like this issue has been debunked by all of the celiac experts over the years, but the topic still comes up annoyingly often.
Somebody on Facebook sent me an article titled “Gluten Issues or Celiac: Don’t Drink Coffee” (link). Here’s what they say:
“In a nutshell, fairly recent lab research has revealed that 10% of coffee is a protein that cross reacts with gluten antibodies.”
Judging from the 194 comments left on that article, it seems that many celiacs are now on suicide watch because of this.
Now…did the article provide ANY medical proof to back up its facts? It did not.
Plus the article says it’s still possible to be gluten sensitive and not cross react to coffee. But you’ll have to do some expensive lab testing with a knowledgeable doctor to find out and they link you to some Lab Testing website.
So honestly, the article seems like a load of crap.
But other articles I’ve read say that while coffee may not contain gluten, it can cause the same reaction as gluten to those with celiac disease.
So tell me wise celiacs…
CAN I GO MAKE A CUP OF COFFEE OR NOT??