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JayCee
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Gluten Free Dairy Free

Postby JayCee » Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:26 pm

Hello
We are a retired couple from Durham. We are coming yet again to our favourite Crete and this time for an extended holiday of 8 weeks. Our daughter would like to join us for part of our stay but she needs gluten free bread and a dairy free spread. She has problems with digestion and has a severe reaction to gluten.

So obviously my question is can I buy a gluten free and dairy free on the island. Most of our time will be spent around Chania and Rethymno. We will be in Heraklion if she joins us.

I have searched Livings web-site and found a post in 2008 but no information. So fingers crossed on this one.

Jaycee

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Re: Gluten Free Dairy Free

Postby filippos » Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:10 am

There are more and more shops here selling gluten-free foods. We don't need gluten-free so don't specifically look for the various products but, for example, some supermarkets (especially the larger ones) now stock them; there are two or three local shops in Kalyves (where we live) that stock them, at least one bakery produces at least one bread that's gluten-free. I'm sure there will be a similar expansion of availability in most parts of the island, particularly in the main towns and holiday areas where demand from holiday visitors has grown.

I'm sure you'll get more information about other areas as this thread lengthens.

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Re: Gluten Free Dairy Free

Postby Guy M » Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:44 am

My mother in law has a gluten-free diet and spends three weeks a year in Crete without it being an issue - she's also in Apokoronos mainly when here.

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Re: Gluten Free Dairy Free

Postby altohb » Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:40 am

Our local branch of Xalkiadakis in Sitia has quite a good range of gluten free goods and flour/flour mixes these days. I imagine other branches will be similar. As far as dairy free goes - plenty of soya milk/almond milk is also available. If you want dairy free cheeses you might need to find a shop specialising in vegan produce - try contacting this group for information - https://www.facebook.com/vegancrete/

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Re: Gluten Free Dairy Free

Postby Kathleen » Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:07 pm

There is a branch of Xalkiadakis (we always called it 'the Spar supermarket') on Eleftherias, the road going to the sea front, by the big roundabout as you come into Rethymnon from the East, on Machiton Scholis Chorofylakis. A large new branch of A and B also opened in the last few months on that road, not far from the large Inka store already there. I expect you will find supplies in any of them since they seem cater for every need.

Kathleen

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Re: Gluten Free Dairy Free

Postby filippos » Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:20 pm

altohb wrote:Our local branch of Xalkiadakis in Sitia has quite a good range of gluten free goods and flour/flour mixes these days. ......... If you want dairy free cheeses you might need to find a shop specialising in vegan produce........
The Xalkiadakis branch in Xania is on the main road from Xania towards Souda and, if you stay anywhere near Kalyves, one of the shops here sells Vegan cheese and probably other products, too.

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Re: Gluten Free Dairy Free

Postby Hector » Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:20 pm

Hello JayCee,

I live here 50 % of the year and I'm Coeliac. There is a limited amount of gluten free food available in shops here. Mainly pasta and bread and some biscuits/crackers and oats. I buy M and S bread mix and bring it back with me and maybe granola. You definitely won't find the range available in British supermarkets, so don't expect that. I'd recommend bringing what you can, especially snack things like healthy snack bars (handy for the beach). I would also recommend you are very cautious eating out, they do not really understand the term 'gluten free' here and I rarely eat out because of that and more often than not when I do I have issues afterwards. But it is possible to eat well and safely as fresh fruit and vegetables are really excellent! Sorry haven't a clue about the dairy.....

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Re: Gluten Free Dairy Free

Postby altohb » Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:06 pm

PS - even Lidl sells gluten free pasta!

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Re: Gluten Free Dairy Free

Postby john4d » Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:44 pm

yes altohb, I've just bought gluten free Fusilli and Spaghetti from Lidl
There's no such thing as a bad taste joke

JayCee
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Re: Gluten Free Dairy Free

Postby JayCee » Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:48 am

Hello,

Thank you to all for a great deal of useful information.

It’s wonderful to have details of the supermarkets but also directions as well. Our daughter is already on Facebook about vegancrete and I take the points made about eating out - it confirms what we suspected.

Dairy free spread…….well she can always do what the locals do and use olive oil!

If she comes to Crete, I will let you know how it worked out.

Thanks again

JayCee

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Re: Gluten Free Dairy Free

Postby Kilkis » Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:18 am

JayCee wrote:...Dairy free spread…….well she can always do what the locals do and use olive oil!...


There are olive oil based spreads available but, like Bertolli olive oil spreads, I suspect that they have some dairy in them.

If you are in Chania there is a Vegitarian taverna, To Stachi, near the end of the harbour where the small fishing boats are moored. It's on Defkalionos Street, which leads away from the car park at that end of the harbour towards the old beach area. On Google Earth 35°31' 5.88" N 24° 1' 25.44" E. I am told they like to invite clients into the kitchen and give them a long talk on exactly what does and doesn't go into their food so they might have better knowledge of dairy and gluten free than the average taverna.

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Re: Gluten Free Dairy Free

Postby SatCure » Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:39 am

I have a problem with wheat - although I'm not convinced it's the gluten. I buy corn bread (Kalamboki) from a baker in Kalyves. I also eat Spelt bread, which is available from the Moderno cafés and possibly other places.

I eat lots of butter but I also get coconut oil from "Toko" in Kalyves and use it instead of butter. Also olive oil, of course.

However, I would mention that "man does not live by bread alone". Bread is very fattening and gluten-free bread, dependent on its ingredients, can be even more so.

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Re: Gluten Free Dairy Free

Postby Kilkis » Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:48 pm

I'm not sure why gluten free would be significantly higher? Basically bread is a mixture of carbohydrate, protein, fat, fibre and water. While the proportions of each vary from recipe to recipe, carbohydrate and protein are both 4 Cal per g while fat is 9 Cal per g but fat is a relatively small proportion. While high fat and low fat will certainly affect the energy per 100 g I think the water content is the biggest factor. A survey of 20 different breads had a mid range energy content of about 237 Cal per 100 g with a spread of ± 17 %.

The biggest factor in determining the energy we consume is the density of the bread. We don't tend to weigh how much bread we eat but rather consume it by the slice. The energy content per slice in the same survey varied about the mid point by ± 56 %, i.e. the highest was over 3 times the lowest. Also the one with the highest energy content per 100 g was not the highest per slice and similarly for the lowest. Some of that variation would be slice thickness but the majority would be variations in density. Air has a pretty low calorific value. I think that range of variation would far outweigh any difference caused by whether it was gluten free or not. I looked at some gluten free breads and while it was true that some of them were around the top of the range of those in the survey for energy per 100 g they were around the mid point for energy per slice.

Warwick

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Re: Gluten Free Dairy Free

Postby SatCure » Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:46 pm

Kilkis wrote:I'm not sure why gluten free would be significantly higher?

I read it somewhere and I think that it was the increased sugar content. Sugar, as I'm sure everyone knows, is the #1 enemy that causes fat storage, inflammation of the arteries (leading to premature heart failure) and also increases the risk of cancer and dementia. Unfortunately, my attempts to avoid it don't seem to be helping my memory! :wink:

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Re: Gluten Free Dairy Free

Postby JayCee » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:16 am

Hello,

Well our daughter arrived, stayed one very relaxed week and she remained healthy - we didn't manage to "poison" her - thank goodness.

Thank you for all your responses - it certainly helped us and gave her confidence to come to Crete.

Regards

Jaycee


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