The Coeliac Society of Ireland has announced the return of its ‘Promise’ Gluten-Free Living Show, which will take part on 28th September at the Green Isle Hotel in Dublin.
The ‘Promise’ Gluten-Free Living Show will feature cooking demos, a kids’ academy, and lots of talks and practical advice for anyone living gluten-free.
Gill Brennan, chief executive of the Coeliac Society of Ireland, said that the event is important to realise awareness for the 7,500 undiagnosed children with coeliac disease in Ireland, as well as thousands of adults who are unknowingly and unnecessarily suffering from the disease.
“This is why the ‘Promise’ Gluten-Free Living Show is so important – we need to raise awareness of a disease that is becoming more prevalent in Irish society,” she explained.
“The show provides a platform for our members - and those who suspect they may be gluten intolerant - to share experiences, meet the experts and, just as importantly, sample the wide variety of tasty gluten-free products that are available today in a family-friendly environment.”
Brennan added that there has been a “worrying shortfall” in terms of early diagnosis and subsequent access to supports for people suffering from Coeliac Disease in Ireland.
The disease is an auto-immune disease, in which affected people react abnormally when gluten is ingested, and the intestine often becomes inflamed and damaged resulting in poor absorption of essential nutrients.
Gluten is a protein found in many foods including bread, pasta, gravy, soy sauce and beer. As a result of this, many alternatives have been arising in the Irish market.
According to Bord Bia research, 20% of Irish people shop for gluten-free food regularly, with the retail market valued at €66 million and experiencing double-digit growth.
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