6 Things You’ll Only Know If You’re Gluten-Free

If you’re coeliac or have a gluten allergy or intolerance, food takes on a whole new meaning. Our resident coeliac shares the 6 things she’s learned since going gluten-free…

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1. Soy sauce is the enemy

You could ‘entertain’ your friends for hours with surprising foods that contain gluten. Liquorice? Gravy? Sausages? Beer? Tick, tick, tick, tick. You’ve even considered entering Mastermind with your new found knowledge.

2. There is no greater joy than spotting a new addition to the gluten-free aisle

Forget finally tracking down that skirt you’ve wanted forever in the sale. Now, aisle 5 of your local supermarket is the pinnacle of all things good, especially since they figured out how to make jam tarts from thin air.

3. Going to someone else’s house for dinner is a minefield

‘I’ll cook’, they proclaim. Cue spending the next 5 days in a seemingly never-ending email thread about whether sweetcorn contains gluten.

4. Everyone wants to talk to you about their digestive system

‘Oh you’re gluten-free’, they say. ‘I think I might be too’. What ensues is a discussion too graphic for Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies.

5. Shopbought bread is suddenly a luxury item

Once upon a time, you’d make a sandwich without a second thought. Now, bread costs more than your mortgage and must be treated with total respect.

6. Nothing riles you more than a celebrity going gluten-free to lose weight

You’re not eating everything that is good on planet Earth by choice? Well done you.

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