People are being encouraged to go ‘gluten-free’ for a week to highlight the daily frustrations experienced by sufferers of coeliac disease.
Coeliac UK wants people to shop, cook and eat-out on meals which do not contain gluten from May 16- 22 next year.
One out of every 100 people has coeliac disease, which is an autoimmune condition caused by intolerance to gluten. There is no cure or medication and it can only be managed with a gluten-free diet for life.
Left untreated it can lead to infertility, osteoporosis and bowel cancer.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye and is contained in foods including bread, pasta, pizza, cakes and beer.
It is also used in mayonnaise, soy sauce, sausages and many processed goods.
Recipes can often be made gluten-free with simple changes and it is hoped the campaign will raise awareness of the condition and encourage shops and restaurants to offer more options for coeliac customers.
Sarah Sleet, chief executive of Coeliac UK, said: “By taking the Gluten-free Challenge you will be doing your bit to help get the change that is needed. Popping into your local café and asking what they have which is gluten-free is spreading awareness and will encourage caterers to offer more options for customers.”
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