Vegan and Gluten-free diets – explained

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With the growing popularity of vegan and gluten-free diets you may find it harder to cater for guests, whether it be a casual gathering at home, or a corporate event in the office.  First of all, we need to understand these particular diets, and what foods can and can’t be eaten.

A vegan diet consists of not eating, or using, any animal-based products.  This not only includes the obvious meat and dairy, but also includes things like honey and gelatine, and some preservatives and flavourings in foods we commonly buy are also derived from animals.  Did you know that some white wines are not vegan, as they use milk-based products during processing?

A coeliac diet consists of abstaining from the protein called gluten which is found in wheat, barley, rye and oats, and is most commonly used in bread, cereal, pasta, and baked products such as cake, pastries or biscuits.   This diet has recently become quite popular as a health choice rather than only for sufferers of coeliac disease, and as such it has become much easier to find gluten-free products in local shops, and for an affordable price.

So is it healthier to eat a vegan diet, or is it just a good moral choice?  A diet which is high in vegetables and fruit, and other plant-based food is definitely a good starting point in leading to a healthier diet.  However it is important that you know what nutrients are usually found in meat and dairy products, and are essential for our wellbeing, and which fruits and vegetables to find these nutrients in.  It may also be necessary to take supplements to ensure you don’t become deficient in any important vitamin or nutrient levels in your body.

And what about following a gluten-free diet, if you are not a coeliac?  This can also be considered a healthy choice as it often leads to eating a more natural variety of foods, such as more fruit and vegetables, beans and nuts, dairy and meats – avoiding many processed foods which contain gluten, and coincidently are likely to have a high sugar and fat content.

Now that we understand these diets, why not embrace them!  There are cafés and restaurants all over London adapting their menus to offer multiple options for those vegan or coeliac, and look no further than Limoncello Catering who for many years have offered a variety of vegan and gluten-free options, and in fact many other dietary requirements such as halal, vegetarian or pescatarian, or for those who suffer from various food allergies.  Contact us now for some menu options for your next event!

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