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Unread 01-19-2013, 07:19 AM   #1
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--with pun intended. This also came up in our Health News Headlines forum. Interesting implications.

http://news.yahoo.com/govt-food-alle...192604093.html
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I think this is a good thing - I am currently going to school - I live off campus - but if I run out of time and cant pack a lunch - I am stuck eating only apples and bananas for the day


I also think we should go the way of the english government - people there get prescriptions for GF food to help with the higher cost of the GF food
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I also think we should go the way of the english government - people there get prescriptions for GF food to help with the higher cost of the GF food
I found this article really interesting. I live in England, and the issue of providing GF food in schools etc is only recently being addressed. Menus now have gluten free options available to children every day, but I don't think it is law, just down to the school and company.

The uk prescription thing SOUNDS great, but personally I think it sucks big time lol. Our prescriptions are nearly 8 each, and prescription foods vary hugely as to what you actually get for the money. You don't get much. When I was first diagnosed I thought it was a great idea, but my dietitian gave me all these samples so I could choose what to order......BUT nearly everything was awful and tasted vile. Seems to be more of a money making opportunity for a few specialist companies who only make GF products.

I buy all my food from regular supermarkets and order a few special items online, like a pastry mix. Most supermarkets here stock a range of their own brand GF foods like pastas, bread, biscuits etc. it's much MUCH cheaper and it tastes better. It also seems to have far fewer ingredients!

The only way to change attitudes and shops buying practices is to politely ask them to stock a few items, and get everyone you can to ask the same thing. If a shop thinks there is a market for something, they'll stock it. Same with cafes, schools etc. if you ask nicely and keep asking, you never know.

Good luck with this. I hope the politicians see sense, I'm not sure about the disability tag, but if it's what is needed to get GF requirements recognised by law then it has to be done. GF needs to stop being seen as a food choice people make, coeliacs don't have a choice, and the consequences of not following a GF diet are potentially serious.

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Do you check the labels at all when you pick up stuff in the grocery store that is marked Gluten Free? I*admin edit*I did some research and ended up ordering a couple of really great books on Amazon, one of which was "A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives," by Ruth Winter, M.S.
*admin edit*I talked about what I have for breakfast each morning, and I ended up using the creamer I use for coffee as my best/worst example of chemicals in foods.

I can't tell you how astonished I was to discover that I have been drinking a chemical cocktail every morning instead of coffee with cream. There is NO real natural ingredients in it.

This opened my eyes to look at labels on all the Gluten Free stuff I buy. A lot of it is just as bad for us as the gluten. I'ts like when they label something "natural." Well, if they label chicken as "natural," what would it be if it was not natural?

I am learning that it is best to stick with living food--veges and fruit, along with rice and tapioca flowers, etc., and with organic meats. Corn is all GM over here in the US now, so we can't even count on that being OK. Check your labels--you might be blown away by what you are "really" eating, whether it says Gluten Free or not.

Eat Well~ Feel Well~ Live Well,
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