Why do some people exclude gluten?
There are more than 1.3 million Britons or 3% of the population on a gluten free diet, so there has never been a better time to get your gluten free ducks in a row.
The gluten free diet is currently the only treatment for coeliac disease, a lifelong autoimmune disease caused by a reaction to gluten. Other people avoid gluten to help with other health issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome or non coeliac gluten sensitivity. Cereals containing gluten are covered by legislation, as one of 14 main allergens, they include wheat, barley, rye and oats.
For people with coeliac disease, accidentally eating gluten is described as being “glutened.” If this happens, they are likely to experience symptoms like stomach pain, cramps, bloating and vomiting and diarrhoea over a number of hours or days. It does not cause a life threatening reaction or anaphylactic shock.
So avoiding gluten is about a strict diet for life and that means that those who eat with you are trusting you with their health.
Understanding how people with coeliac disease are affected by eating gluten will help you make the changes you need to deliver safe gluten free food.
And if that's not enough to get you thinking about getting on board with the Gluten Freevolution, then let us tell you about why it is good for business and help you with the tools you need to go gluten free.