Being Gluten Free in the Summer: Advice for Coeliacs
As the temperature rises, the summer months bring with them a plethora of food options. From barbecues to picnics, ice creams to cocktails, there is something for everyone! But, for those with a gluten intolerance, this time of year can be challenging in many ways.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Being staple products, avoiding gluten can be difficult, especially when eating out. In this Supply Life blog, we will discuss the difficulties of having a gluten intolerance in warmer weather, providing tips and advice for Coeliacs and those just looking to avoid gluten.
One of the biggest challenges of being gluten-free in the summer is the prevalence of outdoor eating events. From food festivals to beach barbecues, many of these events offer limited gluten-free options. It can be especially challenging when attending these events with friends or family who do not have a gluten intolerance, as they may not understand the importance of your dietary needs. Additionally, the summer months bring with them an abundance of seasonal treats, such as ice cream and popsicles, which are often packed with gluten.
Fortunately, there are some steps that people with a gluten intolerance can take to make the most of the summer months.
Firstly, it is important to plan ahead when attending outdoor events. Researching the venue and menu beforehand can help identify any gluten-free options.
Secondly, it may be helpful to bring your own food to these events to ensure that there is something safe to eat. This is particularly important if attending a barbecue or potluck, where cross-contamination can occur.
It is also important to communicate your needs to friends and family. Many people with gluten intolerance find that their loved ones are more than happy to accommodate their dietary needs should they simply ask.
Finally, it is essential to always read food labels carefully and to ask questions when dining out.
Do not ignore your intolerance!
Ignoring a gluten intolerance can have serious health consequences. Gluten intolerance, also known as celiac disease, is an autoimmune disorder that affects the small intestine. When someone with celiac disease consumes gluten, their immune system attacks the small intestine lining, leading to a range of symptoms, including abdominal pain, diarrhoea, and fatigue.
Over time, this damage can lead to malabsorption of nutrients, which can cause a variety of health issues, including anaemia, osteoporosis, and infertility. Therefore, avoiding an intolerance or simply eating what is on offer is just not the answer.
Think you may have a gluten intolerance?For those who suspect they may have a gluten intolerance, investing in a home food intolerance kit from Supply Life is a great option to explore. Here at Supply Life, we offer a simple and easy-to-use home testing kit that can identify food intolerances, including gluten intolerance. The kit is designed to be used at home and requires only a small blood sample, which is sent to a lab for analysis. The results are provided within a few days, along with a comprehensive report that includes dietary recommendations and advice on managing food intolerances.
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