Eating out with Celiac Disease is a Challenge

As with all health issues living with Celiac Disease also has it’s problems. I do have a health field background and when my sister-in-law was diagnosed with Celiac Disease at age 50 it came as a shock to me. I had learned that this was a childhood disease where children failed to thrive due to malabsorption of essential food nutrients. Just recently our daughter, at 30, has received the same diagnosis.

Both my sister-in law and daughter are managing their condition very well at home by cooking wheat and gluten free. However, when it comes to eating out, they have a lot of difficulty. This makes business meetings & lunches as well as travel extremely difficult.

A few problems they encounter are the lack of knowledge on the part of restaurant staff and few restaurants that have a dedicated wheat free area in their kitchen. More than once, even after having explained that they are unable to tolerate wheat products, a salad has been served with croutons. But the waiter assures them they will take them off.

How do you find a restaurant that will serve gluten free food safely?

The incidence of Celiac Disease seems to be increasing.  The awareness in the food service industry is severely lacking.  Isn’t it time celiacs are able to eat out safely.

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