On Saturday June 18th, Chrissy Kine-Bott from Contemporary Catering visited the monthly Celiac Support Group . Not only did she come to share her knowledge about dining gluten-free, she made us lunch AND dessert!!!
Chrissy is a very passionate person who has gone vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and casein-free (and all of her food is too). Chrissy is very active on our Gluten-free Jacksonville Facebook page and was the first person (sadly, not even my doctor) to bring up the link between gluten and casein. Casein is the main protein present in milk and (in coagulated form) in cheese and it is also used in processed foods. While I am not that educated on the casein/gluten connection, it has made me question whether I should remove dairy from my diet because I have noticed that I am getting sick around the time I eat something with dairy.
Anyone who knows me knows that I always say “I don’t mind being gluten-free, as long as I can still have my cheese, olives and wine.” Now I am contemplating whether to remove dairy from my diet and I am starting to get really sad. I love cheese, I love greek yogurt and I love cream in my coffee. While there are tons of options such as: Almond Milk, Soy Milk, etc, the thought of letting go of cheese almost seems worse than going gluten-free. But there is still more research to be done. While there are plenty of resources online about going gluten-free and casein-free most of them are related to children and autism. I have yet to find information about celiac disease and the need to be gluten-free and casein-free.
Things that contain casein from WebMD
- calcium casein, casein hydrolysate, magnesium casein, potassium casein, rennet casein, sodium casein
- dairy products like cheese, yogurt, milk, pudding
- butter, butter flavoring, butter fat
- lactalbumin, lactoalbumin phosphate, lactaglobulin, lactose
- nondairy creamers
- whey, whey hydrolysate
If anyone has an answer or has talked to their physician or nutritionist about this please share with me. In the meantime I am going to continue my research… To casein or not to casein, should it even be the question?