Canadians with celiac disease especially hard hit by grocery price pain, group says – CTV

April 20, 2023

When Samantha Mackey was diagnosed with celiac disease a few years ago, she was relieved that there was something she could do to finally stop feeling sick.

But the diagnosis also “turns your life upside down,” she said.

“I can remember, you know, once standing in a supermarket and just wanting to cry because being so overwhelmed by the amount of effort that goes into just a basic need of groceries,” said Mackey, who lives in Conception Bay South, N.L.

Unless it specifically carried a certified gluten free symbol from Celiac Canada, she had to pore over the list of ingredients on every food item, as many products people often don’t associate with gluten — including salad dressings and condiments — contain it.

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