Merge 104.8 | 03 July 2020
Raghda Al Hanai, a 23-year-old Omani lady has created an online platform to help people find dietary alternatives for gluten.
Raghda was diagnosed with Coeliac disease three years ago.
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes the patient’s immune system to attack its own tissues when gluten enters the digestive system.
Explaining Coeliac, Raghda said: “When gluten is consumed, your antibodies attack your small intestine. This means that your body takes gluten as a foreign body and attacks it.”
Now, she is dedicating her knowledge to share recipes of gluten-free food through her digital platforms.
“Some of the symptoms common with people with Coeliac are
indigestion, increase or decrease of weight, and bloating,” she said, adding that some people might also develop a rash or other symptoms.
Raghda explained that a person that does not have Coeliac disease has a long villi shape in their small intestine while someone with Coeliac disease has flattened villi which causes difficulty in absorption of nutrients.
However, she explained that gluten-free options are available in Oman’s supermarkets, but she said that regulations should be enforced on restaurants so they can be more accommodating to people with allergies.
You can follow Raghda’s Instagram page here.