With hundreds of places to eat in Oxford it might sometimes be dificult to find a good glute-free option in the city.

Living with allergies or with a condition like coeliac disease can be challenging.

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Here is a list of gluten-free restaurants in Oxford recommended by the Coeliac Sanctuary:

1. Atomic Burger, Cowley

They offer gluten free pizza bases. Currently opening Thursday to Sunday for lunch and dinner; and Monday to Wednesday for dinner only.

Oxford Mail: Atomic Burger, Cowley Road, Oxford

2. Leon, Corn Market St

They offer a wide selection of gluten free options, including gluten-free chicken nuggets.

3. Xi'an, Summertown

Many dishes on the menu are labelled that they can be made gluten free including crispy lamb, shredded beef and sweet and sour.

4. Zizzi’s, George St

Offers a large variety of gluten free dishes, including pizzas, pastas and salads.

5. The White Rabbit

They have a dedicated oven for gluten-free pizzas.

Oxford Mail: Rabbit food: the White Rabbit

6. Organic Deli Cafe and Wholefood Store, Botley

A variety of gluten free options are available including granola made with gluten free oats and cakes.

Oxford Mail: The Organic Deli Cafe on Botley Road

What is Coeliac disease?

Coeliac disease, pronounced see-liac and spelled celiac in other countries, is a long-term autoimmune disorder, primarily affecting the small intestine.  

This disease makes the body’s immune system attack its own tissues when people consume foods containing gluten, such as wheat, rye and barley.

 This causes damage to the lining of the gut and means the body can’t properly absorb nutrients from food.

According to Coeliac UK, the disease is not an allergy or food intolerance.

What are the differences between coeliac disease and gluten intolerance?

Having a food intolerance means your body cannot properly digest a particular food.

This causes symptoms such as bloating, stomach pain, or an itchy skin rash, usually within a few hours of eating.

People with gluten intolerance are often able to eat small amounts of gluten without experiencing symptoms.

How common is the condition?

According to the charity Coeliac UK, the condition is common, affecting one in a 100 people.

However, only 30%who have the condition have been diagnosed.

Although, according to the NHS, some experts think this may be underestimated, ad milder cases may go undiagnosed or be misdiagnosed as other digestive conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

What are the symptoms and what is the treatment?

Some symptoms include stomach pain, diarrhoea, constipation, wind and bloating.

Once diagnosed, the only treatment for coeliac disease is a gluten free diet.

 

What is your favourite gluten-free restaurant in Oxford?

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