“Feed me, Seymour. Feeeeeed me!”

People need appropriate and affordable options or they just won’t be able to take care of themselves.

So whines Lyndsey Jenkins, in the ‘Guardian’, because prescriptions for gluten-free food are coming to an end.

Gluten-free spaghetti in my local Sainsbury’s is £1.35, whereas basic spaghetti is just 40p. Nestlé gluten-free cornflakes are £2.20 while own-brand cornflakes are £1 for 500g. A gluten-free loaf of bread can be as much as £3 – and is often much smaller than a normal one. To me the idea that bread should be considered a luxury is pretty ridiculous.

Why do you need a ‘substitute’..?

Why not just do what many people do and not eat the thing – substitute spiralised veg for spaghetti, it’s all the rage! Cornflakes are off? Have a boiled egg? No bread? Eat Ryvita!

4 comments for ““Feed me, Seymour. Feeeeeed me!”

  1. Distant Relative
    April 5, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Would that be gluten-free Ryvita?

  2. Stonyground
    April 5, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    My pack of 2 minute rice says gluten free on it. It is just an ordinary pack of 2 minute rice as far as I can tell. Is all rice gluten free? I don’t know but gluten free rice is cheaply available so there is one option.

  3. April 7, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    There was possibly some logic in the past to the idea of prescribing foods for those on gluten free diets. This was a time when gluten free stuff was just not available in general shops and supermarkets. However, the situation has changed and gluten free food is much more readily available than it was before and not as outrageously expensive as the Guardian writer would claim.

    There is also the valid point made byJulia M that much of the stuff that is forbidden for those on a gluten free diet can be substituted for other stuff.

    I think that cutting prescriptions for gluten free food it justifiable in the current economic situation. However, I can’t help but think that if the NHS was not having to cope with millions of health tourists and the increased workload caused by excessive immigration then the NHS might be able to afford luxury policies such as the prescribing of gluten free food.

  4. Alan
    April 10, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    I have got coeliacs’ disease, which means a gluten free diet. I live in Scotland where prescriptions are “free” (i.e. paid for by the taxpayer via the NHS).
    When I was diagnosed I was encouraged to order as many gluten free items on prescription as I liked: bread, biscuits, cakes, many different types of pasta etc.
    One of the manufacturers (I’ll mention no names) sent me a large box of their products with an explanation of how to get them all on prescription.

    Gluten free stuff in the shops can be expensive, and bread in particular is pricey and no good for sandwiches (it falls to bits). I goes against the grain (sorry, couldn’t resist it), but the Grauniad is article seems about right for where I live.
    I make my own bread. The mixture is not available in the shops, so I get it on prescription. It seems to be impossible for an individual to order directly from the manufacturer. If I want anything else I’ll buy it from the shops or do without. It’s not starvation.
    The result is that I get a free supply of bread, which strikes me as unfair. I’d feel happier paying for it.

    Stoneyground: Rice does not contain gluten. Gluten is found only in wheat and barley.

    An NHS accountant type told me that the private sector openly refers to the NHS as “an unintelligent agent”. In other words a cash cow. Companies offer goods or services at far higher cost than anyone in the private sector would tolerate, and some NHS “manager” happily signs on the dotted line.

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