Ahhh…Beautiful Australia. The Land Down Under. Oz. The Land of Wonder. It’s no surprise that Australia is on the vacation bucket list of so many people around the world. But as someone who has a gluten sensitivity or Celiac disease, do you have any reasons to visit this land of plenty?
This fall (which was spring in Australia), I had the opportunity to visit The Land Down Under. It was a magical trip; I got to experience the sights, food, and meet so many wonderful people. I can tell you without a doubt that if you have Celiac or gluten intolerance, then you need to make the voyage to Australia. It is the experience of a lifetime.
1. In Australia, they have extremely stringent gluten-free labeling on products, which means it’s SO easy to eat there without getting sick! They have some of the strictest food labeling laws in the entire world! If it says “gluten-free,” then there absolutely cannot be any detectable gluten. If something is processed in a facility that contains gluten, then it cannot be labeled gluten-free! In the U.S. and other countries, this isn’t the case and unfortunately some people get really sick from that. But in Australia, there’s little chance of getting sick off of foods labeled “gluten-free” vs some other places in the world. It’s very easy to grocery shop there and find gluten-free items that truly are 100% gluten-free!
2. Australian restaurants are known for not only having an understanding of what gluten is, but also accomodating of avoiding cross-contact. Every chef or manager of every restaurant that I went to was able to accomodate my diet and not only that but they exceeded all my expectations! I’m not saying that every restaurant you go into will be able to cook you something gluten-free, but it was much easier to eat there than I expected.
3. There’s so much to do and see! The Aussie people that I met were fun-loving, hilarious, and adventurous. They seem to look on the bright side at every cost! Getting to hang out with such wonderful people was well worth the trip:)
4. The flora and fauna. Australia has some of the most exotic plant and wildlife in the world. Many species are only found in Australia! Believe it or not, Oz is almost the size of the United States but with only 22 million people living there, so there’s plenty of land to explore.
There’s so many countries in which food labeling is very lax; a product can be labeled as “gluten-free” but yet it can contain small amounts of gluten, which can do awful things to someone who has Celiac or is gluten intolerant. So Australia is a great place to visit for gluten-free people!!