Holidays are the best times of the year – you can let your mind wander, enjoy the sunshine, and be pampered with culinary delights. But how you plan a trip if you have coeliac disease or gluten sensitivity?
Tasting all the delicious dishes and typical specialties at the buffet and eating whatever you just want on holiday – this is impossible for guests with a gluten intolerance. For them, there’s usually only a small selection of food at hotels. In order to be able to enjoy the holiday gluten-free, one of the most important selection criteria for a hotel is the array of gluten-free food available at the restaurant buffet.
The anxiety is over – for all hotel seekers who are affected by coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance, I now have good news:
You can feast gluten-free on holiday at all TUI BLUE hotels!
In this blog post, you’ll learn more about the culprit gluten and what gluten-free alternatives you’ll find at TUI BLUE hotels.
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TUI BLUE Hotels with Gluten-Free Cuisine
Feeling free to eat gluten-free on holiday? That’s a dream for anyone with a gluten intolerance.
For guests with gluten sensitivity, the TUI BLUE hotels prepare tasty gluten-free food as alternatives to dishes that normally contain it.
But what is gluten? What does gluten sensitivity really mean for the person affected and how does it differ from coeliac disease?
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a natural protein that is present in cereals such as wheat, rye, barley, or spelt. As a result, gluten is also present in all foods that contain gluten-containing grains, such as flour, pasta, cereal, and any baked goods such as bread or biscuits. Gluten is also referred to as a “binding protein” because it’s particularly important when baking due to its dough-forming properties. The components gliadin and glutenin, due to their structure, ensure, for example, that bread and pastry dough rise.
Gluten Intolerance vs. Coeliac Disease
Many people react to the protein with discomfort.
The results can be nausea, abdominal pain, bloating, loss of appetite, or chronic diarrhea. In most cases, therefore, gluten intolerance is the diagnosis.
However, gluten intolerance is not the same as incompatibility. Gluten intolerance is often equated with the concept of coeliac disease, two different forms of the phenomenon that pose completely different challenges.
In coeliac disease, there’s a lifelong incompatibility with gluten. This is an autoimmune disease that displays specific damage to the small intestinal mucosa (seen in a biopsy) and antibodies in the blood. In the case of gluten intolerance, the absorption of gluten can inflame the intestinal mucosa and easily damage it, but no antibodies are produced in the body. As a result, going without gluten-containing foods leads to a recession in symptoms for most people.
Seamlessly Continue a Gluten-Free Lifestyle on Holiday
There’s no medication for gluten intolerance or coeliac disease. The only solution is to switch to gluten-free foods.
For a gluten-free diet, there are seeds and other items which do not contain gluten available, and they can usually be consumed without any problems.
These include: rice, quinoa, corn, wild rice, millet, amaranth, soy, natural dairy products, cheese, potatoes, vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, eggs, legumes, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, nuts, or almonds.
Enjoying Your Holiday Gluten-Free – TUI BLUE Makes It Possible
The supermarket has gluten-free food.
Eating gluten-free on holiday is significantly more difficult. Especially at a hotel, gluten-sensitive people have to pay close attention to make sure that no gluten-containing ingredients have been used when preparing food. This is exhausting and annoying! At TUI BLUE hotels, gluten-free dishes are visibly marked, so you can feast carefree.
As a tip, if you’re affected by coeliac disease, I recommend that you contact the hotel before your trip to discuss the details. Usually you have to fill out an allergy form. This way, your culinary needs can be better addressed and you can, for example, request gluten-free noodles fresh at the live cooking station at the buffet.
The sweet temptation at the end – even at the dessert buffet, guests with a gluten intolerance are able to score. There’s a bar with gluten-free desserts.
Gluten-free on holiday – so even for guests with a gluten intolerance or coeliac disease, the most wonderful time of the year can be a carefree experience.
Are you vegan, lactose intolerant, or just want to eat a healthy diet? In addition to gluten-free food, the buffet also offers you a large selection of vegan and lactose-free dishes as well as low-carb dishes (https://blog.tui-blue.com/kulinarik/low-carb-fruehstueck/) – and without any prior notice.
I wish you a wonderful gluten-free holiday, during which you can savour the culinary variety at the TUI BLUE hotels worry-free.