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As a journalist-in-training (although, officially a junior reporter now I’ve scored my 100wpm shorthand!) I like to think that I can spot a factual error when they pop up every now and then.

However, I wasn’t the only one who was angered by Anthony Demetre’s appearance on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen, where he claimed that after being diagnosed with coeliac disease, he still binges on gluten-containing foods every 3 months.

Mr Demetre claimed after three months gluten free, he east as much pasta and pizza as he possibly can for two weeks….

Coeliac disease suffers have been outraged by his comments.

It is a DISEASE, not a faddy “i-can-eat-it-when-i-please” diet choice.

A gluten free diet is for life. We eat gluten free diets because we HAVE to. Because otherwise it can have serious health implications.

And ANYONE who cannot advocate the importance of a gluten free diet should not be able to promote false ideas in the public domain.

I for one have certainly complained to the BBC (will keep you posted – I have requested a reply!) and if you feel you should too, then click here

And for those of you that haven’t seen it, here’s the clip in question…





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Hi, I'm Sarah! Diagnosed with coeliac disease 20 years ago, I'm on a mission to create the best gluten free recipes since sliced bread. No fruit salads or dry brownies here.

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  1. I have written to the BBC to complain, I was horrified that he has such an ill informed view and is allowed to say such a thing on television. If he chooses to risk his health then that is his choice but DO NOT advertise it for someone not so informed to think it is a good idea. Our bodies reject it for a reason – It is poisonous!!!!

  2. My word thats shocking – how can he say that on TV and think its ok??? Didn’t see this at the time but am outraged! I’ve only recently been diagnoised but its given me a whole load of other health problems and now have to be very careful about what I eat. This gives completly the wrong message to people who will now see us as being ‘fussy’ rather than gluten free being an essential lifestyle. Grrr

  3. I saw that too and although not coeliac I’m severely wheat and dairy intolerant . That remark by Antony Demetre gave the wrong impression especially to anyone who is only discovering they have such problems. Anyone suffering for a while would know that wasn’t right. I’m learning all the time and when I make a mistake or I get the wrong food out then I suffer badly, and it doesn’t take a 2 week binge. It makes a mockery of all those who are coping and working hard to come up with solutions everyday. Good on you for sending a complaint in. If we could turn the switch off on these intolerances and allergies then we wouldn’t have turned it on in the first place. His remarks only gave fuel to those who like to refer to it as a fad. Let’s hope they reply to you soon. I like James Martin and his programs but he would have to ensure that these type of hurtful remarks aren’t a habit.

  4. This man made a mockery of everything coeliacs are told they can not have even a small ammount of gluten, my grandson suffers badly iif he gets even a small ammount but then there are the long term risks I just hope that he has the decency to make a public apology but I doubt it

  5. I agree with everyone else, this guy has to apologize for making it look like you get to decide when and if you have celiacs.

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