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Allergies and Intolerances

Jake and Rachel are at a buffet. They are talking about dietary allergies and intolerances…

Jake: Rachel, what’s up? Why aren’t you eating anything?

Rachel : Oh, I’d like to, but I’m celiac and I can’t find anything that I can eat.

Jake: Celiac? What do you mean?

Rachel: It means that I can’t eat any foods with gluten like bread, pasta, pizza, otherwise, I’ll

have an allergic reaction.

Jake: Really! How long have you been celiac?

Rachel: I have had this disease since I was a baby, I think I was four or five months old!

Jake: I see, and how can you manage your diet?

Rachel : My mum is very careful when she buys food for me. It must be gluten free, so she

always checks the labels, and she shops in the gluten-free section. And sometimes, she makes

homemade pasta and cakes with rice flour especially for me!

Jake: Fantastic! But what can you have now?

Rachel : I’ll just have fruit and a glass of water!

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Allergies and Intolerances


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