Coeliac UK launches its Gluten-free Challenge 2011
Coeliac UK is urging the public to take part in the Gluten-free Challenge for one week in May 2011.
The challenge takes place from 16-22nd May 2011 and Coeliac UK, the
national charity for people with coeliac disease, is encouraging the
nation to take up the Gluten-free Challenge and to shop, cook or eat out
completely gluten-free, or even do all three.
There are a range of activities that people can get involved with including:
Get your office to go gluten-free for work lunches or the office biscuits
- Invite friends to take part in Come Dine gluten-free, taking it in
turns to shop for gluten-free ingredients and cook gluten-free meals
throughout the week
- Go out for dinner with friends and all order gluten-free options to
make sure that eating establishments know about the demand for
- Schools can hold a gluten-free cake stall or cook a gluten-free recipe in food technology classes
- Talk to your local restaurant and ask them to take up the challenge by
displaying information and providing gluten-free options on their menu
- When you're out shopping, check the back of packets to see how many items include gluten and choose the gluten-free options
- Get sponsored for the week if you're taking on the challenge.
Sarah Sleet, chief executive of Coeliac UK, said: "Many people may have
struggled for years to get diagnosed with coeliac disease and are then
faced with a complete change in diet and lifestyle. Eating gluten-free
could be easy. Many everyday foods in the shops or dishes in
restaurants can be gluten-free with some simple recipe changes.
"Maintaining a varied and healthy lifestyle would be so much easier
for people with coeliac disease if they could quickly and easily see
what dishes and products are right for them. Better choice for people
with coeliac disease means making simple changes to recipes and letting
consumers know that their products will help them maintain their
The contest is part of a new campaign from the charity to raise
awareness of the daily frustrations encountered by the 1 in 100 people
in the UK who have coeliac disease.
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by intolerence to
gluten. There is no cure and no medication and the only treatment is a
strict gluten-free diet for life. Left untreated it can lead to
infertility, osteoporosis and bowel cancer.
Coeliac UK will be launching a dedicated area for the challenge on their website www.coeliac.org.uk
which will include recipes and cooking tips, information on gluten-free
products and what to look out for when shopping. They will also be
encouraging people to sign up and pledge they are going to take on the