Gluten Free Living
With the rise of gluten-free eating taking hold around the world, many would think that Italy, a country known for its love of gluten-rich foods like pizza and pasta, would have a hard time accommodating. It may surprise you to know that nothing could be further from the truth. While gluten is common in a great many traditional Italian meals, there is an equally common awareness of both the gluten-free diet and coeliac disease that prevents sufferers from ingesting gluten. There are currently 4000 gluten-free restaurants officially recognised by the Italian Celiac Association (AIC).But what is the benefit of a gluten-free diet? For many, there’s no choice. 1% of Italians have coeliac disease, and can’t metabolise gluten without having an adverse reaction. A monthly stipend of 140 euros is available from the Italian government in such cases, and while coeliac patients may have to shop around a little for their food, they’ll enjoy benefits like reducing cholesterol, improving digestion, and increasing their energy levels when eating gluten-free food.In fact, perhaps it is because gluten is so prevalent in Italian cooking that the country is so aware of the needs of those who can’t eat it. It would be difficult to find a town or city with no gluten-free restaurants available for people with coeliac disease who still want to try some of the delicious Italian cuisine that the country is so famous for.Alternative flours made from chickpea and chestnut are used by chefs cooking gluten-free food to get around the problem in an effort to make sure that people going to work dinners, eating out with friends, or visiting from abroad can still enjoy the famous traditional Italian food the nation has to offer.