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Gluten-Free in Afghanistan: A Soldier's Story with Celiac Disease

Andrasik says that the military has two simple steps to make life easier for gluten-free soldiers

According to Andrasik, two relatively simple steps should be put in place to make it easier for soldiers who are living the gluten-free lifestyle. These are:

  1. Labeling foods:  By labeling food as gluten-free and labeling all potential allergens in foods, it would make it easier for those with dietary restrictions to make the right choices at mealtime.
  2. Provide gluten-free Meals Ready to Eat (MRE):  MRE’s are free-dried meals that need to be mixed with water to be consumed. They are provided to military personnel to eat while in the field. While service members are able to request vegetarian and kosher options, there are no options for those who eat gluten-free.

Really though, any changes made would be a step forward for soldiers who need to be gluten-free. It's not impossible for gluten-free soldiers to thrive while overseas, but there still needs to be some changes for the military to make any progress.