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Sainsbury's Coeliac Disease Leaflet

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I know a leaflet is a very odd thing to blog about, but when picking up my prescription, out of the five different leaflets in the pharmacy in Sainsbury's, a coeliac disease one was one of them.


Although I am very familar myself, I thought I would pick one up to have a read to see what was published and if it would be helpful for my family members who don't know whether they are coming or going when trying to feed me!


On first impressions of opening the leaflet, I found that all the sections were divided up pretty clear and I wasn't overwhelmed with text, even though there is plenty of information it's spaced well.

The first heading is 'what is coeliac disease' which gives you a brief description and symptoms you may experience. Very clearly worded this section may even highlight to someone that doesn't think they have an intolerance, may do. 

The next section is the one I think is most convenient for you to have on hand, particularly when trying to educate in gluten free eating, as it is a list of foods to avoid. This list includes all the common places you find gluten but isn't always obvious to those not following a gluten free diet, such as sauces and barley squashes. It also highlights that just because something is wheat free, it doesn't always mean that this product is gluten free. 

Gluten alternatives is the next on the list. This basically lets you know all the gluten free products that are available, such as breads and other types of flours. Fantastic for all the Nan's who love baking for their grandchildren, because although I'm 20 my Gran loves to bake and never knows what to do for me. 

The next subheading is the most interesting, being titled 'what about oats?'. As not all oats need to be avoided, as you can buy pure un-contaminated oats in the free from section of your local stores. 

'Watch words' are next, this shows you a list of ingredients to look out for. Even James would benefit from this sometimes, as even though he is very used to my dietary needs, he isn't always too sure what is safe and what isn't when looking on the back of a packet. 

The last two sections are about Sainsbury's themselves and products they offer in both their 200 product strong free from range, as well as their regular range which are suitable for those looking for gluten free options and how they are labeled. There is also a healthier eating guide, which is just a generic guide.

I think that it's fab that so many places are getting involved in making people more aware of coeliac disease and that it isn't just a fad, as many people I meet think that is it my diet choice! I think that this leaflet should be put in their free from isles for everyone to have easy access to, as many buying free from food are not necessarily buying for themselves. 

Do you think the people around you would benefit more from these leaflets and information being more readily available? 

Hannah x 


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