I have grown up on a gluten-free diet so know quite a bit about how this has changed over the years. When I was diagnosed as a Coeliac (over 40 years ago) we used to get bread in tins, cardboard biscuits and, if you asked what was for pudding, you usually got the answer – a fruit salad!
Coeliac Disease is a lifelong autoimmune disease caused by a reaction to gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley). When a Coeliac eats gluten their immune system reacts by damaging the lining of the small intestine.
1 in 100 people in the UK are now diagnosed with Coeliac Disease, and about the same number choose to be on a gluten free diet because it makes them feel better.
Being diagnosed as a Coeliac, or needing to be on the diet for other reasons, can be quite difficult and sometimes frightening.
I like to help people on this special diet and am an active committee member of the Bournemouth & Poole Coeliac Group.
You can find out more about Coeliac Disease by visiting the Coeliac UK website.