I would love to eat out but I can’t stand gluten

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Ella Copeland ecopeland@thek­m­group.co.uk

EAT­ING out is the stuff of dreams for Gebby Ea­ton.

The 23-year-old, from Sin­gle­ton, suf­fers from the lit­tle known coeliac dis­ease.

Af­ter at­tend­ing years of med­i­cal ap­point­ments to try to find out what was wrong with her, Gebby fi­nally found out that she suf­fered from the dis­ease, a form of gluten in­tol­er­ance that means that all wheat-as­so­ci­ated pro­duce has to be avoided.

Coeliac dis­ease (pro­nounced see-liac) is an au­toim­mune dis­ease.

Gluten, which is found in wheat, bar­ley and rye trig­gers an im­mune re­ac­tion in peo­ple with coeliac dis­ease.

This means that eat­ing gluten dam­ages the lin­ing of the small in­tes­tine.

Other parts of the body may also be af­fected.

Food such as breads, pas­tas, ce­re­als, and bis­cuits are a no-go area for coeli­acs, mak­ing eat­ing out a tricky busi­ness for the 1 in 100 peo­ple suf­fer­ing from the dis­ease.

Due to this, Coeliac UK is call­ing on chefs all over the coun­try to pro­vide more gluten-free op­tions on their menus, which would en­able thou­sands more peo­ple to eat out.

The char­ity is invit­ing pro­fes­sional chefs and cooks to cre­ate a coeliac-friendly, gluten-free meal, pro­duc­ing three cour­ses dis­play­ing dif­fer­ent tastes, tex­tures and in­no­va­tion in their cook­ing.

Gebby said: “If peo­ple know that they can go out and be safe, even through la­belling the menu to show what is gluten­free, it would en­cour­age peo­ple to eat out.

“A few dif­fer­ent tastes would be great, too.”

The com­pe­ti­tion has two cat­e­gories – one for up and com­ing chefs and an­other for pro­fes­sion­als, with the win­ners of each cat­e­gory be­ing judged by celebrity chef Paul Vick­ery, food am­bas­sador for Coeliac UK.

Writ­ten en­tries can be sub­mit­ted to recipes@coeliac.org.uk and more in­for­ma­tion on the dis­ease and the com­pe­ti­tion can be ob­tained by log­ging on to www.coeliac.org.uk

Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1706980

Singer and ac­tress Gebby Ea­ton, who is a coeliac suf­ferer

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