Coeliac awareness event in Tuam next week

The Coeliac Society of Ireland, in association with SuperValu, will hold an in-store event in Tuam next week as part of a nationwide series of events on coeliac disease and gluten-free living.

Participants can look forward to samples of gluten-free products, advice from The Coeliac Society, tips on understanding food labels, and an opportunity to speak with a dietician.

The event will take place in O'Toole's SuperValu, Bishop Street, Tuam, on Tuesday October 4 from 7pm to 9pm.

Coeliac disease is estimated to affect 46,000 people in Ireland. It is an auto-immune disease which prevents those affected from digesting gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. The disease can manifest itself at any stage in a person’s lifetime, with symptoms including abdominal pain, recurring mouth ulcers, weight-loss, vomiting, and diarrhoea. The health implications of undiagnosed coeliac disease are far reaching and can include fertility issues, osteoporosis, and anaemia. The only treatment is a gluten-free diet.

“We are delighted to host this event in our store," said Mary Lardner, CEO of O’Toole’s SuperValu, Tuam. "SuperValu has invested heavily in developing a range of gluten free products that offer good value and great taste. Our Food Academy programme has also produced a large number of innovative products, demonstrating the potential for small producers to develop some nice niche products. The in-store event is a great opportunity to showcase the range of gluten-free produce available and for us to engage with our shoppers to get their views."

Sonya Sheils, communications manager of the Coeliac Society of Ireland, added: “One in 100 people in Ireland has coeliac disease and it can be challenging for them to figure out what they can eat, as gluten is a common ingredient in food. I would encourage anyone who wants to find out more about coeliac disease and gluten-free living to attend an event in their local SuperValu store. Our staff will be on hand to help."

The Coeliac Society of Ireland provides up-to-date support and information for those suffering from coeliac disease, as well as for their families. This includes an invaluable food list, which references all of the gluten-free products available on the Irish market. Members also receive monthly updates on new products. The food list also makes it easier for sufferers to choose wisely when eating out.

Tuesday's event is free and is open to the general public, including those who are simply interested in maintaining a gluten-free diet. No booking is required.


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