Sunday, May 10, 2009

Which Country Appears to have more than its share of people with Celiac/Coeliac Disease?

If I were still working in restaurants and I had a difficult time with all this buzz about Gluten-Free customer needs, I would probably be even more miserable if I worked in one in Finland.

According to the "Food from Finland" Website:
"“Finland is like a tourist paradise for people with coeliac disease on a special diet,” suggests Antti Sierla, Finnish Ambassador to Brussels, in the latest issue of the Keliakia magazine. The Embassy in Brussels arranged an event in April where Finland was marketed as a model country in coping with coeliac disease."

"An exceptional number of coeliac patients in Finland."

"Finland’s extensive knowledge of coeliac disease stems in part from the country’s exceptionally high proportion of coeliac patients, around 1 per cent of the adult population. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology in 2007 measured the prevalence of coeliac disease at 0.45 per cent, which according to Keliakia is probably the world’s highest rate of diagnosed coeliac patients."

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