Gluten free options for those with Coeliac disease have increased dramatically over the past few years

After NHS cuts to some gluten free food prescriptions this week we look at the impact on those with Coeliac disease.

Despite 15% of all UK households opting to avoid gluten, only 1% of people in the UK fit the criteria for Coeliac disease, an autoimmune condition caused by severe small intestine hypersensitivity to gluten.

Twenty two year old Callum was diagnosed when he was eleven. Hours of severe stomach pain and several operations later, he was finally diagnosed.

Feeling a little bloated after a bowl of pasta doesn’t necessarily mean you have Coeliac disease however. The symptoms are intense, complex and life changing.

Symptoms of Coeliac disease include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Severe stomach cramps
  • Bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Fatigue
  • Malnutrition
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Dermatitis
  • Peripheral neuropathy

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Gluten free products were available on NHS prescription for the 500,000 people in the UK living with Coeliac disease. This week the NHS cut a number of items from that list, including biscuits and pizza bases. Officials say this food is all available at supermarkets instead.


There’s much debate as to whether gluten free food is more expensive than normal food in supermarkets. Some coeliacs have to pay a premium to buy the food that they need because of a so-called gluten free “fad” sweeping social media. Of course, this which raises questions around the economic viability of having to choose “free-from” food.


  • GF bread = £2.10
  • Generic bread = 55p
  • GF Yorkshire Puddings (8) = £1.50
  • Generic Yorkshire Puddings (15) = 50p
  • GF Scampi = £3.50
  • Generic scampi = £3.00
  • GF Sausage Rolls (2)  = £2.50
  • Generic Sausage Rolls (6) = £1.75

More to follow as a gluten free pie shop explains the importance of inclusivity for people with Coeliac disease