Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Living Gluten Free? No Problem! Coeliac Disease Is More Common Than Ever - but It Doesn't Have to Stop You Enjoying Meals Out

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Living Gluten Free? No Problem! Coeliac Disease Is More Common Than Ever - but It Doesn't Have to Stop You Enjoying Meals Out

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Byline: MIKE BROWN mike.brown@trinitymirror.com @MIKEBROWNGAZ

TEN years ago, you'd struggle to find a gluten free loaf of bread in the biggest supermarket.

But as more people are diagnosed with coeliac disease, awareness of the condition has grown.

There is no cure for the life-long digestive disease, but it can be managed by avoiding foods containing gluten - usually found in the three cereals wheat, barley and rye.

Over the last there has more awareness gluten Many restaurants are now catering for coeliac sufferers, with more and more options being added to menus across Teesside.

The Gazette spoke to two women with the condition about their favourite places to eat.

What's it like living gluten free? Claire Thurlow, 30, of Linthorpe, said she had seen a huge difference in what is on offer for coeliacs in restaurants and shops since her diagnosis in 2012.

She said: "The Half Moon and Fellini's are great. It can sometimes be difficult finding somewhere to eat out but these places cater for coeliacs with dedicated menus or dishes. "Over the last few years there has been much more awareness of the gluten free diet. Staff knowledge is greater, and this makes eating out easier."

Busy mum-of-one and full-time few years been much of the free diet.

community midwife Charlotte Brown was diagnosed at the end of 2016, but has been surprised by the level of knowledge about the condition. The 30-year-old, also from Linthorpe, said: "It isn't as bad as I thought.

Claire Thurlow "We do have to plan when we eat out, but more and more places have a good gluten free selection.

"But I do try and avoid buffet style restaurants as you can never be sure there has not been cross-contamination."

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