If you have a celiac-specific food allergy, then you may not be able to enjoy some of the best dishes at your favourite restaurant.
According to a new survey, people with celiac disease are finding it hard to find healthy, gluten-free options.
The survey, carried out by the Celiac Disease Association, found that over two-thirds of people surveyed in 2014 had tried gluten-containing food, but they were unable to find it at their favourite restaurants.
“The challenge for many of us is that gluten is in the food supply but it is not accessible for everyone,” said Joanna Stroud, from the Celiance Association.
“Some people with a specific type of gluten intolerance find it difficult to consume gluten.”
This can be especially true for people with severe allergies.
“Some of the restaurants with the highest gluten-related rates were found to be in Sydney, Sydney’s CBD and Melbourne, where a third of people were affected.
Dr Stroud said while the number of people with gluten-specific diets is increasing, it was still low and people need to find ways to find good gluten-friendly options.”
We are very aware that people who are celiac sensitive need to be aware of the importance of finding a gluten-sensitive alternative, and finding gluten-neutral options,” she said.”
It is not enough just to eat gluten-based foods and not have to worry about the symptoms of celiac.
“You need to make sure that you are consuming foods with ingredients with the potential to help lower your risk of developing gluten-associated conditions.”
She said it was vital to be able buy a gluten free product in a healthy way, and that many people who had celiac were struggling to find a gluten safe alternative.
“So we need to change the perception that gluten can be safe,” she added.
“For some people, gluten is really easy to find and you just need to look for it.”
If you are not using gluten-bearing products, and are eating healthy, then there are things you can do to make your own gluten- free food.
“What to look out forWhen it comes to eating at your local cafe, many are keen to make it clear that their food is safe.
Dr Maryanne Smith from the University of New South Wales told CNN the main message to give is to be careful about where you go to eat.”
They should be told that they can make their own choice and they are free to choose not to consume a particular type of food.””
It is important to make clear to the customer that it is gluten-dense foods and the food has not been cooked or altered in any way.”
They should be told that they can make their own choice and they are free to choose not to consume a particular type of food.
“Dr Smith said it is also important to check whether a restaurant has a full-service bar or restaurant where gluten- and dairy-free food can be enjoyed.”
Most of the bars and restaurants have full-time bar staff and the owners and chefs are responsible for ensuring that the food is gluten free,” she explained.”
When you go in and you see the signage, you know that it has a gluten and dairy free menu and they will be making sure that the bar staff can safely serve that menu.