Friday 27 April 2018

Good news for coeliacs as Irish menus offer more choice

Domestic Divas on RTE, Aisli Madden and Cat Lawlor
Domestic Divas on RTE, Aisli Madden and Cat Lawlor
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The menu is much more varied these days for Irish people with coeliac disease, a condition that bars them from eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. More foods than ever are available for those with the disease, for which there is no treatment. This makes it easier to stick to a gluten-free diet.

The latest goodies will be on display next Saturday when the Coeliac Society of Ireland will host the nation's first ever 100pc Gluten Free Food Market at the Silver Springs Moran Hotel in Cork.

Christened the Ballynogluten Food Market, the exhibition is part of the organisation's annual national convention, which runs from Friday until Sunday.

The market, which is sponsored by SuperValu, will offer coeliacs the chance to meet and chat with gluten-free food producers. They can also taste a wide variety of gluten-free food samples in a fun and interactive atmosphere with lots of music and entertainment.

Experts will give a series of talks on how to manage the disease, including Dr Nicholas Kennedy, associate professor of clinical medicine at Trinity College, and Niamh O'Connor, a clinical dietitian. RTÉ's domestic divas, Aisli Madden and Cat Lawlor (above), will also give a talk.

Coeliac disease affects one in every 100 people in Ireland. It is estimated that around 45,000 Irish people could be affected with many unaware they suffer from it. Just a single grain of gluten can leave a sufferer with diarrhoea, discomfort and other symptoms which can last for several days.

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