The gluten-free diet is an extra expense for Celiacs. The Euskadi Celiac Association says a celiac’s diet costs 325% more than the average diet with gluten. This is data comes from a survey on “Rosca” or “King’s cake” prices last Jan. 5.
Extra expense for celiacs
During festive holidays, the Association has completed two tasks: first, they developed a list of foods suitable for celiacs, and secondly, they established a quality control that allows companies to make gluten-free foods that get a certificate for Brand Guarantee. So, the Euskadi Celiac Association compiles a list of foods, among which include candies, short breads, marzipan, twisted kings rolls … so that its members can consult it while consuming these products.
And because of the tradition of the twisted kings rolls, the Euskadi Celiac Association reminds us of restraints and precautions that Celiacs should take on special dates. This product has been highly accepted among adults and especially among children. Given the difficulty sometimes of finding certain foods without gluten, many families will make their own celiac gluten-free sweets at home, “including the twisted kings rolls”.
Roscón Breakfast Epiphany is undoubtedly one of the most deeply rooted Christmas traditions. However, for the Celiac community (it is estimated that in the Basque region there are approximately 20,000 potential celiacs, although only about 3,500 are diagnosed), eating a roscón that isn’t gauranteed to be gluten-free, could post a health risk.
Many of these traditional products are made with grains that contain gluten (wheat, oats, rye, barley … and its derivatives), so they cannot be freely consumed by celiacs. For this reason, and thinking in particular of the children in this group, the Euskadi-Euskadiko Zeliakoen Elkartea Celiac Association (EZE) takes the call at this time to step up precautionary measures.
As Amparo Cervo explains, representative of the Celiac Association of Gipuzkoa (EZEGUI), in order to solve this danger “EZE works throughout the year to develop a list of foods, among which include nougat, short breads, marzipan , twisted kings rolls … so that their members can consult it while consuming a product.”
The result of this painstaking work done year after year, is a food list which includes commercial brands that are safe for celiacs to eat, extra expense for celiacs.
Furthermore, as indicated Cervo, EZE legalizes a certain companies, under a comprehensive quality control of products, to obtain a Certificate of Brand Gaurantee. “To do this, these companies are included in the foods list and prepare special food without gluten that is subject to strict controls and tests, indicating the absence of this substance.”
This ‘Brand Guarantee’ means that a Celiac person “buys with absolute confidence, those products in which the certification symbol appears, without having to go to the ingredient list or reading the label.”
Cervo recalls that, when ma