Extremely detailed Spanish gluten free card, written by a celiac and translated by a native Spanish speaker familiar with food in Spain.
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✔ a basic explanation of the disease and what to avoid;
✔ local ingredients and dishes that are used in cooking, to best communicate what you need to be wary of;
✔ cross-contamination concerns, and requirements for uncontaminated oil for items like the chilies pictured above;
✔ 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, and I cannot eat gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, oats and most often soy sauce.
I will become very ill if I eat food containing wheat, barley, rye, oats or soy sauce. This disease affects me if I eat these ingredients but also if 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, or processed ham, meat, or sausages with bread as an ingredient (such as meatballs, lunch meats, and some sausages).
Can you please tell me what can I eat safely that does not contain wheat flour, soy sauce, rye, oats or barley?
Things I can safely eat -- I can eat food containing rice, chickpeas, tapioca, cassava, potatoes, corn, vegetables, fruit, cheese, eggs, tortilla, meat, Spanish ham (jamon or jamon iberico), chicken, or fish – so long as they are not cooked with wheat flour, oats or soy sauce.
This means I also cannot eat battered or breaded dishes, unless they are breaded in only rice flour, corn flour, or tapioca flour, and fried in separate uncontaminated oil.
Thank you for your assistance in helping me to avoid getting sick. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you but I have to be very careful when I eat, or I will become very ill.
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