5 Facts Everyone Should Know About Coeliac Disease

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I have a confession to make: for a long time I didn’t take coeliac disease seriously. Back in 2007, when I worked in a fine dining French restaurant, gluten-free was just becoming a thing. To chefs and waiters it was an annoyance, right up there with being allergic to garlic (which is in EVERYTHING) or being vegan (no disrespect, vegans).

Today gluten-free is mainstream and I bet everyone knows someone who avoids the gluten grains (wheat, barley and rye). Though we’re all much more aware of gluten intolerance, many of us really don’t fully understand it. This week is Coeliac Awareness Week in Ireland, and May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month in the United States, and it’s time for you to get savvy about celiacs, whether you get the squirts from eating gluten or not.

The Coeliac Disease Awareness campaigns have really opened my eyes about gluten intolerance, and I’ve learned a few facts that are going to change the way you think about your gluten intolerant friends forever. If you suspect you may be intolerant to gluten, this could be the push you need to get serious about it today.

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