Wheat allergies are being discovered everywhere!
In this article about wheat allergies in India, the Indian Express reports on several studies of children in India. One study surveyed 1,500 students and found that one in 122 children in Chandigarh is prone to celiac disease, a serious reaction to eating wheat.
Another study in Ludhiana surveyed 4,300 children, and found 1 in 300 children to have celiac.
The good news is that people are starting to discover these allergies, learn about what they can and can not eat, and therefore can become healthy.
For world travellers like me, it also means another area I can visit, and ask for a wheat-free meal, without getting strange looks, and food that is “wheat free, it is made with all-purpose flour!”.
You will still have to ask the right questions when you visit a restaurant, but at least there will eventually be an awareness in India of allergies in general, and wheat allergies in particular.