Yes…I just went there.
No…I am not curious for my own behalf (not that there’s anything wrong with it).
The request came from somebody on my Facebook page. Her name is…oh wait…I probably shouldn’t share her name.
Anyway, here is how the conversation went:
Her: I thought you’d be the best person to ask this “seriously want to keep anonymous” question…no offense. Gross but a concern for us Celiac gals…has anyone ever tested sperm for gluten? For once, Google can’t seem to help me! Thanks, I have always wanted to know and who in the world could I ask but you.
Me: I’ll take that as a backhanded compliment (lol).
Her: No offense meant; just don’t know of anyone with Celiac that tells it like you do and would even answer the request without thinking I’m a perv…it was a total compliment! Believe me, I brought it up once online with a Celiac friend and I thought she was going to choke on her tongue due to the stuttering!
I told her it was a tough JOB but I was totally UP for the challenge.
After spending some time online, I couldn’t find a definitive answer. And I thought…this really BLOWS.
So I looked some more (and came across some disturbing websites along the way…which I’ve bookmarked) and still nothing. This totally SUCKS.
So I decided to SWALLOW my pride and ask around a bit.
Ok…I’ll stop with the innuendos now.
Here are the ingredients of a typical batch: fructose sugar, water, ascorbic acid, citric acid, enzymes, protein, phosphate and bicarbonate buffers and zinc.
But is it safe?
Sure looks gluten-free to me but I still could not find anyone to confirm my belief. And nobody volunteered to do a taste test.
But then I finally found what I was looking for. The Celiac Disease Center in Chicago confirmed that we can all rest easy.
No…there is no gluten in semen.
(Dude note: No offense intended. A little levity is a good thing when it comes to our disease.)