A recent poll has revealed the 10 most annoying things that coeliacs get asked about their disease
Avoiding gluten for a coeliac is no diet trend, it’s a lifelong commitment in order to avoid debilitating symptoms and damage to the digestive tract.
What is coeliac disease
Coeliacs have an autoimmune disease caused by a reaction to gluten, which affects one in 100 people. As there is no cure, the best treatment is a completely gluten-free diet. Eating gluten for a coeliac can trigger bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, wind, constipation, tiredness, hair loss, anaemia and unexpected weight loss. No surprise, then, that a coeliac will go to great lengths to avoid eating gluten or potentially gluten-contaminated products.
Gluten-free brand, Too Good To Be Gluten Free, recently conducted a poll to find out the remarks and questions coeliacs have been asked in regard to the disease. According to the poll, the top 10 things not to say to a coeliac are:
1. How long have you got to eat like this for?
2. Just try a little bit, don’t be awkward.
3. Oh yeah, my friend decided he’s gluten intolerant, too.
4. So, you’re on that fad diet everyone’s on?
5. Can’t you just pick out the bits you shouldn’t have?
6. The restaurant we’re going to doesn’t have anything gluten-free, so could you eat your tea before you come?
7. Are you a celeriac?
8. Can’t you just have a little bit of gluten each day, and then eventually you’ll be able to eat gluten again?
9. Back in my day, we didn’t have anything like that.
10. It’s just brown bread, isn’t it, that you can’t eat?
Sam Benjamin, brand manager at Too Good To Be Gluten Free, said: ‘The poll was a bit of fun, but it has a serious side in raising awareness of the misconceptions around coeliac disease. There is a view among many that being gluten free is a fashionable fad, when actually it’s a serious medical condition.’
The new Gluten Freevolution campaign, spearheaded by Coeliac UK, is making it easier for people with coeliac disease to eat out and avoid being ‘glutened’. Find out more about this campaign in the July issue of Healthy Food Guide.
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