Gluten Sensitivity and the Artist: Avoiding Wheat Flour in Art Supplies

You may have observed the growing presence of gluten-free products at your local market. While this is a marketing and dietary trend, it is a serious issue for people who are gluten intolerant. It’s not just in things you eat! Gluten is used as filler in a wide range of non-edible products. I thank Katherine McDaniel for increasing my awareness and educating me about gluten sensitivity. Read and learn!

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flour-49689_640We use products every day with no thought for how they are made or their ingredients. This ignorance is dangerous. Gluten sensitivity can be a serious problem for those who build objects or create works in the physical realm, from painters to construction workers. For background on this condition, a growing problem for people all over the globe, please read our introduction to the subject here. Wheat flour is often used to thicken art supplies and construction materials, just like you might use it to thicken a sauce for your evening meal. Now, some people will tell you that gluten can’t be absorbed through the skin, but the truth is we don’t know that for sure. It’s possible that some people are so allergic that they do react to touching gluten, or they may just not remove it completely from their skin and under their fingernails before eating, putting in…

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