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Gluten-Free in Israel

A gluten-free diet in Israel can be difficult because there is poor awareness of gluten allergy, gluten intolerance and/or celiac disease.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage of the small intestine.  There is hidden gluten everywhere and for a celiac, it can mean severe stomach pains and hospital admittance.  When a celiac patient is unable to strictly adhere to a gluten-free diet, there is also a long-term risk for certain cancers.  If you must be living gluten-free in Israel, Food Allergy Concierge is here to guide you in staying healthy.

The following ingredients contain gluten:

  • Wheat
  • Varieties and derivatives of wheat such as:
    • wheat berries
    • durum
    • semolina
    • spelt
    • farina
    • graham
    • KAMUT® Khorasan wheat
    • einkorn wheat
  • Rye
  • Barley
  • Triticale
  • Malt in various forms including malted barley flour, malted milk or milkshakes, malt extract, malt syrup, malt flavoring, malt vinegar
  • Brewer’s Yeast
  • Wheat Starch that has not been processed to remove enough gluten to keep celiac sufferers safe

The problem is, these products are EVERYWHERE.  It can be found in sauces, beer, processed foods (i.e. French fries), all types of spices and more.  If you have celiac or are gluten intolerant, it may not be enough to just read the ingredient label.  Often, it appears there are no gluten ingredients.  However, if the product was made in a facility that uses gluten, there can be cross contamination from the flours flying around during manufacturing. You must look for the GLUTEN-FREE symbol.

Living gluten-free in Israel means more than saying no to your favorite breads, cereals and cakes.  It means making changes in how you live, eat and even brush your teeth (gluten can be in toothpaste!).

Currently, gluten-free eating has become quite trendy.  There may be health issues with this trend.  A person who is not celiac is robbing their body of vital nutrients that whole grains contain (fiber, protein and vitamin B9).  At this time, there are no gluten-free fortified flours, as all regular flours are.  Therefore it’s important that you add additional supplements to your diet.

The advantages to someone with celiac adhering to a gluten-free diet are numerous. They will no longer have gastro issues, they will have more energy, and their weight will be under control.  There is even a significantly lower risk of cancers associated with celiac disease! All-in-all the body functions more efficiently. It may be difficult to see those around you eat all that you used to love.  However, the benefits certainly outweigh the negatives.

There is good news!!  Food Allergy Concierge is working with a gluten free bakery!!   Delicious gluten-free baked goods available for individual, commercial or institutional use.  We also have what’s believed to be the first-ever gluten-free AND vegan, kosher, fresh bakery in Israel.  There is no need to watch those around you eat cookies, cupcakes, muffins, cakes or bread while you go without.  There is no need to worry about cross contamination.  Order all gluten free as well as gluten-free and vegan baked goods now, and enjoy the tasty fresh bread, muffins, cookies, cakes etc. The baked goods are good for you and good for your gut!  We are happy to deliver anywhere in Israel.

Food Allergy Concierge and EMA Care provides medical concierge services for people suffering from food allergies and food intolerances, such as people with Celiac Disease.  We provide a range of solutions to keep you safe from allergy risk.  We design custom packages to meet your needs when traveling. Contact info@foodallergyconcierge.com.dedi3509.your-server.de   to order gluten free baked goods

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Meticulous in their preparations

During our recent visit to Israel, we really struggled to find food for our son who has anaphylactic level allergies to egg and sesame. We approached both restaurants and hotels and were told they were unable or unwilling to take responsibility for preparing his food.

 After learning about Dr. Eliana on-line, we contacted her in the hopes that she could provide a ‘normal’ restaurant experience for our family.

 Both she and Shani were meticulous in their preparations with the restaurants to ensure that our son had a wonderful and safe experience.

 We truly appreciate their efforts to take care of our son, and to provide us with a lovely vacation experience.

T.M., Chicago, USA

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We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing gift you have given us over this Pesach- the gift of having you with us!!!!

We have NEVER felt more comfortable, calm, and at ease than we did these past 10 days. Your warmth, professionalism, kindness, and care shown through in all that you did.

My children are so grateful that they were able to be with you this Pesach. You made sure that they were so well looked after and they felt so at ease and comfortable with you! You were so amazing and approachable to them! And they LOVED all the food you so amazingly prepared (supervised allergy-free food preparation, managed menus) for them!

It’s very difficult for us to trust people when it comes to our kids and allergies. You magically were able to take away ALL of our anxieties, and nervousness (and we don’t give that away so easily!!)

We can never fully thank you enough. We truly feel that you instantly became part of our family and we look forward to G-d willing being able to be with you and plan amazing trips with you many many many more times!!!! 

CO, Canada
April 2016

Very Helpful

Thank you and may Hashem bless you for the work you do. My son Jacob said your allergy card has been very helpful. I am so grateful- beyond words.

Yasher Koach!
L.R., NY, NY

Delicious and Safe

Thank you for delivering our allergy free baked goods to our hotel.  We just tasted the focaccia and it was delicious!

All the best,

S.C., New Jersey

Thank You

We can't thank you enough for assembling this top-notch team of specialists to work with our daughter while she is in Israel.

T.G., Philadelphia, PA

The Allergy Card was Extremely Helpful

"Food Allergy Concierge assisted us with a very helpful, detailed customized allergy card in Hebrew.  The Allergy card was extremely helpful for multiple allergies and allowed us to eat safely in several eateries and hotels. Highly recommended.”

G.A. Illinois USA

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