Gluten free in Brazil / Nao contem gluten no Brasil

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(Versao em Portugues no final da pagina)

When it comes to food labels, Brazil is ahead of the game compared to the UK as every single label has got to have “contem gluten” or “nao contem gluten”. Even bottles of mineral water have got these.

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Bottle of Mineral Water

According to Anvisa, which is the National Health Surveillance Agency,  since  1992 all food labels have to have the information about being or not being gluten free. So, if you’re a coeliac, Brazil is a great place to visit – and the food is amazing too 😉

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Home-made sweets

However, when you go to restaurants and ask about gluten-containing ingredients, many people still don’t know what gluten is. Mind you, awareness has increased since we last came here a couple of years ago.

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Yeast / Fermento

Gluten free shops are becoming more popular in big cities but the products are still a bit pricey. As for the loaves of bread, I still prefer the ones sold at supermarkets in the UK because in Brazil they usually sell frozen ones. Mundo Verde is a chain of Natural Foods stores throughout the country and they were the first ones to sell gluten free bread.

Versao em Portugues:

Quando se trata de rotulos de alimentos, o Brasil esta na frente do Reino Unido porque todo rotulo de alimento tem que ter escrito “contem gluten” ou “nao contem gluten”. Ate garrafas de agua mineral tem que ter escrito.

De acordo com a Anvisa, que eh a Agencia Nacional de Vigilancia Sanitaria, desde 1992 todos os rotulos de alimentos tem que ter a informacao sobre conter ou nao conter gluten. Entao, se voce eh celiaco, Brazil eh uma otima pedida – e a comida eh maravilhosa tambem 😉

Mas, quando voce vai a restaurantes e pergunta sobre ingredientes que contem gluten, muitas pessoas ainda nao sabem o que eh gluten. De qualquer forma, a conscientizacao cresceu muito desde a ultima vez que visitamos o Brasil ha uns 2 anos.

Lojas com produtos sem gluten estao cada vez mais populares nas grandes cidades. O preco ainda eh salgado. Agora, quanto ao pao de forma, eu ainda prefiro os vendidos nos mercados do Reino Unido porque no Brasil eles geralmente vendem os paes congelados. Mundo Verde eh uma rede de lojas de produtos naturais e foi a primeira – que eu saiba – a vender paes sem gluten no Brasil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About claudiarant

Brazilian-born, British citizen and married to a Brit. I moved to the UK in 2011 and I decided to share my experiences, curiosities, challenges here so I hope you enjoy your reading. I'm an Industrial Designer a Language Teacher and a keen cyclist ;) Nascida no Brasil, cidada Britanica e marido britanico. Me mudei para o Reino Unido em 2011 e decidi compartilhar aqui minhas experiencias, curiosidades e desafios entao espero que curtam a leitura. Sou desenhista industrial e professora de idiomas (Ingles e Portugues para estrangeiros) e ciclismo eh minha nova paixao. View all posts by claudiarant

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