The Anonymous Widower

Coeliacs With West African Roots

One of the big differences about London, after coming back to live after forty years, is that now everybody tends to talk to each other a lot more.  A black lady and myself had a big laugh about it, after we’d walked up the road talking about our ailments and remarking that twenty years before we’d have been on opposite sides of the road.

One thing that has surprised me is the number of coeliacs, I’ve come across with West African roots.  I have written about the chef in my local pub from Sierra Leone, who is a coeliac, but several times, I’ve been asked in the supermarket about the gluten-free food in my basket, by shop staff and others, who are coeliac and have some roots in West Africa.

If it was just once or twice, I’d put it down to a random chance, but it is more common than that! Remember though that gluten has little part in the traditional West African diet, which is based on sorghum.

Hopefully the diagnosis of Michael Obiora; the actor, who was born to Nigerian parents, with coeliac disease, will help spread awareness of the disease.


October 5, 2012 - Posted by | Health | ,

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