I was invited by Coles to the Gluten Free Expo and Conference, which was held over the weekend at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. I was keen to go as I haven't attended before or really explored gluten free foods. I do occasionally bake with allergies and intolerances in mind, however I didn't quite realise how big an issue it is now. A recent Health Focus report found that 13% of Australians always or mostly avoid gluten and over 161,000 are gluten intolerant. Over 200,000 are diagnosed coeliac.
Coles Supermarket has just launched 'Coles Simply Gluten Free'. The new range consists of more than 40 new products from pizza bases and pasta, to cereals and cakes, and breads. At the show, I tried their Anzac biscuits, which where not only yummy, but I would definitely have a hard time trying to distinguish one of these GF biscuits and a normal Anzac biscuit.
If you have any allergies, intolerance or special dietary requirements, you should check out GS1 GoScan. As a very lucky person to be able to eat everything, I was intrigued to find out about this free app. It reads bar-codes and flags any preset parameters.(www.gs1au.org/services/goscan/gs1-goscan-smart-phone-app-overview)
I tried Kez's sweet treats and was pleasantly surprised that I couldn't tell that they were gluten free. Some of their products are also dairy free as well. Bonus!
For more information, please visit the Gluten Free Expo website - www.gfexpo.com.au