Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

Eating In South Korea
0

3 posts in this topic

Hi I've been living in South Korea for 2 years now.

I've also been a celiac my whole life but was diagnosed when I was 18.

I have a warning to anyone who is thinking of travelling/teaching in Korea.

DO NOT TRUST korean products if it says on the label 100% rice pasta then what it really means is 30-50% rice pasta.

Also asians have no idea about celiac's diesease so even if you ask them if their product has wheat flour in it and tell them you have an allergy they will still tell you no it doesn't, when in reality it really does.

This is partially because they don't know about allergies, but mostly because they just want to sell you their product.

Be careful, I have gotten sick twice since being here (At the moment of typing this I am sick from eating "rice flour dumplings")

I grew up in Canada and I knew how difficult it is to live a glueten free lifestyle....but living in Korea is 10 times harder.

I just wanted to let you guys know, even though Koreans diet's consist of mostly rice, if you see a product in a package then it probably has wheat in it.

All the best to you guys I know how hard of a struggle it is to live your life with glueten sensitivity, and it's nice to know that there are people out there who care.

thanks for reading,

Ben

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

I know what you mean. My wife is Korean and we live in NY. We traveled to Korea about 2 years ago and I didn't have much of a problem because we normally had family make things specially for me or we bought things that seemed safe. I'm not particularly sensitive but I think I still got glutened. I was so constipated over there. Sometimes the issue of moving there has come up but I don't want to specifically because of the celiac. Ordering gluten-free food must be expensive and as you said they have no idea about gluten-free food. I hope things change in the future.

Hi I've been living in South Korea for 2 years now.

I've also been a celiac my whole life but was diagnosed when I was 18.

I have a warning to anyone who is thinking of travelling/teaching in Korea.

DO NOT TRUST korean products if it says on the label 100% rice pasta then what it really means is 30-50% rice pasta.

Also asians have no idea about celiac's diesease so even if you ask them if their product has wheat flour in it and tell them you have an allergy they will still tell you no it doesn't, when in reality it really does.

This is partially because they don't know about allergies, but mostly because they just want to sell you their product.

Be careful, I have gotten sick twice since being here (At the moment of typing this I am sick from eating "rice flour dumplings")

I grew up in Canada and I knew how difficult it is to live a glueten free lifestyle....but living in Korea is 10 times harder.

I just wanted to let you guys know, even though Koreans diet's consist of mostly rice, if you see a product in a package then it probably has wheat in it.

All the best to you guys I know how hard of a struggle it is to live your life with glueten sensitivity, and it's nice to know that there are people out there who care.

thanks for reading,

Ben

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My son is traveling to Korea for his martial arts world championships in July so I am grateful for the information. He is currently 'gluten lite' given he is currently undiagnosed with DH but I have many concerns about him having 10 days of being hit with gluten after being gluten lite for some time. :(

His grandmother (who will travel with him) is in denial of the sensitivity of our DH / gluten problems so it will be a difficult one to navigate. I am hoping and praying that the dermatologist can see him early and with a positive result so that there will be no doubt about the type of diet he requires while traveling.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,329
    • Total Posts
      920,425
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Hi, Ok good advice and I am sincere when I say how much I appreciate a lot of the responses, advice and encouragement that have been posted here. I'm not sure what a nutrionist is but a dietician (here in the U.K.) is a heavily regulated medical profession and my dietician is based most of her week in a hospital where doctors and MD's as they are known refer patients to her for help. She works every day with celiacs, dh sufferers and people with crohns, ibs etc and seeing my skin, listened to what I was saying (particularly about how my redness and blisters resolved on a gluten free (though not wheat free) diet for several years, and sent a report to my doctor/MD requesting a battery of tests - tests that can indicate dh, celiac and associated complications. I also have a friend with a wheat allergy and two with celiac (all diagnosed) and they are encouraging me to go ahead with getting these particular tests. So that's great but reading the above quote that suggests that situations like sharing an oven used to cook gluten-containing pizza, should not cause a gluten reaction. I thought, my god what's the point of going through these tests if my recent reactions aren't actually to do with gluten. Although my dietician is concerned about possible dh and has been through years of medical school, I also really trust the advice of an advanced member on this site and if they think oven-sharing shouldn't cause any gluten reaction, what hope do I have with an MD? It has taken me years to pluck up the confidence to ask for any medical help because I feared that sort of response along with a focus on psychological issues and hormones etc early on in the thread (even though, I only started feeling depressed since yesterday). Actually, I'm a mental health nurse so it's good to see people are alert to these issues but I am also pretty familiar with depression and I know that many people with physical health problems are fobbed off by doctors with talk of depression, stress, and hormones. I'm sorry that I took the (above) quote to heart and I know that I allowed that to colour my perception of the whole thread, which has been helpful in many ways. Best wishes to you all, even those I didn't agree with! Rhian 
    • I thought maybe doing a trial period to see if he reacts positively to being gluten free and then adding it back to see if symptoms come back would maybe be helpful to the doctor? But I guess that's true, it might skew things regarding any future tests that might be warranted. 
    • If you haven't had her tested yet please do not go gluten free. Get the celiac testing first as if she does feel better gluten free when she has to go back on gluten for testing she may have much worse symptoms.  There will also be a higher risk of false negatives.
    • I did not mean to imply that you should put him on a gluten free diet.    If you suspect a problem with gluten, please get an opinion from a GI who is celiac savvy.  All celiac testing requires a patient to be consuming gluten.  The slightly equivocal TTG?  That warrants a gene test at the very least.   http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/it-mmfiles/Celiac_Disease_Diagnostic_Testing_Algorithm.pdf  
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,386
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    Windsurf
    Joined