When you are leading a gluten-free lifestyle, you have to be extra careful when picking out food during the weekly shop. Although labelling now has to be clear on any potential allergens in the food you are purchasing, it is important that you take the time to double check the ingredients if you are buying something new. ‘Hidden’ gluten is present in many foods that you might not have even considered as being a risk. Processed meats, marinades, condiments, spice mixes, and dry roasted nuts are just a small selection of examples of foods that contain hidden gluten, so be sure to study that fine print.
Another point of caution when food shopping for a gluten-free eater, is around Oats. Although you would expect this to be a safe choice, Oats are often produced in the same place as wheat, barley and rye, so cross-contamination is always a risk. To be totally sure that your Oats are suitable for a gluten-free diet, only choose those labelled ‘gluten-free’.
Finally, the cost of living a gluten-free diet can be quite high. Be aware that if you are on a gluten-free diet because you are a coeliac disease sufferer, you are in fact eligible for foods on prescription, so it may well be worth a chat with your doctor to lessen the impact on your bank balance.
Interesting article from the BBC should the way that gluten intolerant people recieve perscriptions be changed? bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-…