Going gluten-free

There’s a growing number of options in the city, but is this lifestyle choice for you?

The science
All-purpose wheat products, such as sliced bread, are made from genetically modified grain. This introduces high levels of glycophosphates into the diet, which can be inflammatory to the bowel lining. However, nutritionist Victoria Tipper warns: “Many gluten-free products are, in fact, higher in sugar. They are also more expensive and are very rarely enriched with nutrients. Instead, select naturally gluten-free grains such as buckwheat and quinoa.”

Eating out
Restaurants including Ronda Locatelli, Under500 and Royal China all have gluten-free items, while Gourmet by Kcal has a 100 percent gluten-free kitchen. Try the courgette and Parmesan pizza for a treat.
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 511 7139).

New snack service
A home-made gluten-, dairy- and soy-free snack delivery service, The Snack Society, has just been set up in the UAE. Order online where treats include ginger and cashew balls and the almond millionaire bites pictured above.

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