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    Non gluten-free food being sold in Melbourne cafes.

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    From the ABC
    Non gluten-free food being sold in cafes, restaurants putting coeliacs' health at risk.


    Not at all surprised, human nature being what it is, along with the lure of a quick buck by taking short cuts.

    Non gluten-free food being sold in cafes, restaurants putting coeliacs' health at risk - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)"Almost 10 per cent of food sold as "gluten-free" at cafes and restaurants across Melbourne actually contained gluten, an undercover study has found.

    City of Melbourne health officers made surprise visits to 127 food businesses across the city, taking 158 food samples for testing.
    The results, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, found one in 11 samples contained or were contaminated with gluten."

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    This sort of stuff makes me so mad Yelta.

    My sister is hyper alergic to wheat - so she can basically eat only gluten free foods (there are plenty of exceptions but gluten free is a 'safe' bet at a cafe). She could go into anaphalactic shock and need adrenalin or face the real posibility of brain damage/death. It's not a 'fad' for her, but a life or death decision event. Cafes/food companies just jumping on the band wagon don't realise there is real health risks to coeliacs and others with intoerlances, not just a fad dieter because its now trendy.
    At a cafe now we will specifically ask that xxx ingredient is gluten free and ask to the point where the wait staff get peeved, but that's just how it has to be.

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    I'm puzzled by the whole "allergy" thing.
    I know so many older folks who seem to have problems with their body that appear to be related to food (leaving obesity out of it)
    All sorts of food intolerances are mentioned, with a wide variety of symptoms. Some of these intolerances are able to be diagnosed conclusively whilst others are merely suspected.
    Intolerance of grains and grain products seems so strange as mankind has been eating them as a part of their diet for thousands of years.
    The other thing is that the 'intolerance' usually appears in middle age which suggests that a lifetime of eating 'contaminated' foodstuffs might be implicated, or maybe just age-impaired gut function.
    It intrigues me.
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    My mother is Coeliac. Not "Intolerant" straight up Coeliac and I've seen what eating something containing Gluten will do to her on many occasions over my life. Not at a Cafe in Melbourne but shes had issues before at restaurants where they have said their food is "Gluten Free" only to find out a few hours later its not. So reading this also makes me mad..

    If you cant 100% be sure what your selling is what you say it is, dont sell it and be prepared to wear a fine or consequence for it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    I'm puzzled by the whole "allergy" thing.
    I know so many older folks who seem to have problems with their body that appear to be related to food (leaving obesity out of it)
    All sorts of food intolerances are mentioned, with a wide variety of symptoms. Some of these intolerances are able to be diagnosed conclusively whilst others are merely suspected.
    Intolerance of grains and grain products seems so strange as mankind has been eating them as a part of their diet for thousands of years.
    The other thing is that the 'intolerance' usually appears in middle age which suggests that a lifetime of eating 'contaminated' foodstuffs might be implicated, or maybe just age-impaired gut function.
    It intrigues me.
    The body is a strange and complex thing.

    My sister developed her allergy at the age of 18 but we suspect she had been symptomatic for much longer as she has always had an easily upset stomach even when we had all eaten exactly the same food and no one else had show any signs.
    Allergies are also strange things. Sometimes you can eat the same food for years and not feel a thing until one day your body decides it can't actually process that food anymore (as in the case of my sister). It's an auto-immue response that the body believes the food your eating is harmful for the body and does what it believes is the best thing for it's survival by expelling or refusing to breakdown the 'poison'.
    There are many theories why these sorts of conditions (including many others like athsma and other auto-immue conditions are on the rise, particularly in western countries. One that really interests me is that Western civiliations are becoming too 'clean' and the body isn't being subjected stressed enivornments. Or in other words the body is used to having the same stable foods without variation and always in a super hygenic state. Unlike perhaps a few hundreds years ago where everything was seasonal and sanitation wasn't understood as well, somewhat similar to some developing nations are now.
    Science is also showing that gut health is linked to brain function in ways we didn't even know until only very recently. Medicine in many ways still lacks so much understanding about the body and the co-dependencies.
    I don't think science can fully explain why this phenomenon occurs, but it's good to see that we are challenging what we considered to be fundamental knowledge.

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    I'm a bit excited by the new developments in 'mapping' the Microbiome.
    I've had gut problems since my mid 40s which I always characterised as "Reflux" and blamed on " food/alcohol, too late at night" but I am now leaning towards the idea that it might be an inability to process certain substances or a poor/slow digestive function. Unfortunately up here in the sticks we don't have any Gastroenterologists so I am thinking about a trip to the city to access some investigation.
    I would like to have the mapping of the gut bacteria.



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