Actually, don't come dine with me

We've all had them – the ‘special dietary requirements’ requests from guests, and our reactions vary greatly from person to person.

Almost five million Brits would refuse to invite family and friends to 'foodie' occasions because they have dietary requirements, according to new research from Warburtons Free From.

Top reasons people give for avoiding cooking for friends range from fears about making friends ill, lack of recipe ideas, or lack of understanding food allergies.

The good news is that the majority of Brits believe they could actually cater for these friends given the right advice.

Meaty options will often be a safe choice for guests with a wheat intolerance or allergy. Or try cooking a few dishes, mezze style, so that guests can pick and choose as they see fit.

Christmas can be the killer one – but serving lots of delicious vegetables and a veggie stuffing instead of a meaty option is an easy way to tackle the issue.

If you get stuck for inspiration when it comes to catering for guests with special dietary requirements, check out for a lovely new range of diet-friendly products as well as a host of recipes, tips and Q&As on how to cater for those all important events.

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