Extremely detailed Portuguese gluten free card, written by a celiac and translated by a native Portuguese speaker who works in the food industry.
This card is sized specifically for mobile, so you can show restaurants directly from your phone. You will receive an immediate digital download sent via email upon purchase, via a confirmation email with a green 'download' button. This is how you obtain your card - easy! And this way, your card can be shown via your phone wherever you travel.
✔ a basic explanation of the disease and what to avoid;
✔ local ingredients and dishes like semolina or Alheira that are used in cooking, to best communicate what you need to be wary of;
✔ cross-contamination concerns, and requirements for uncontaminated oil so you don't get accidentally glutened;
✔ a list of what can be used to substitute and cook with, such as rice or corn; and
✔ an apology for the inconvenience to the chef and staff of the restaurant or stall.
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English version: I have celiac disease, which means that I cannot eat gluten, or I will get very sick. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye, and often in oats.
I will become very ill if I eat food or marinades or sauces containing these main items (wheat, barley, rye, semolina, or soy sauce). This disease affects me if I eat these ingredients but also if the food is fried in the same oil used to batter other foods. In those cases, the cross-contamination will also make me sick. Even a sprinkle of flour on the grill pan or in the sauce or soup will make me ill. I cannot eat soup that has bread blended into it (such as Acorda), or meat/sausages with bread as an ingredient (such as meatballs or some sausages like Alheira).
Can you please tell me: does your food contain wheat flour, soy sauce, rye, or barley?
I can eat food containing rice, chickpeas, tapioca, cassava, potatoes, corn, any vegetables, cheese, fresh fruit, eggs, meat, chicken, or fish – so long as they are not cooked with wheat flour or breadcrumbs. This means I also cannot eat battered or breaded dishes, unless they are breaded in rice flour, corn flour, or tapioca flour, and fried in separate uncontaminated oil.
Thank you for your help in helping me avoid getting sick. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you but I have to be very careful when I eat food.
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