Gluten Free FAQs
What is Gluten?
Gluten is the name used for the proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and oats.
What is a Gluten Free diet?
Following a gluten free diet is essential for those who suffer from coeliac disease or have an intolerance to gluten. Despite this, there has been a rise in individuals choosing to adopt a gluten free diet who do not have any sensitivity to gluten.
What is Coeliac Disease?
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition that causes a severe reaction to gluten, not allowing it to be digested by the body and attacking the lining of your small intestine. It is estimated that coeliac disease affects 1 in 1000 people across the UK with many milder cases being undiagnosed.
There is no direct cure for coeliac disease, but following a gluten free diet should help prevent many symptoms and long-term health complications.
What is Gluten Intolerance?
Individuals with a sensitivity or intolerance to gluten are also advised to remove gluten from their diet, preventing symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, headaches, fatigue and indigestion.
It is important to consult with your doctor if you are experiencing any sensitivity to gluten, wheat or dairy.
What can I eat on a Gluten Free diet?
Gluten is used often in the food industry as it helps maintain shape, strength and elasticity in food. The most common foods that contain gluten are: breads, cakes, pastries, pasta, beer, cereal and granola. There are now lots of options for those on a gluten free diet, with many supermarkets promoting gluten free alternatives on dedicated isles.
Food types that are appropriate for a gluten free diet include:
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Meat, Poultry and Fish
- Dairy (Milk, Egg, Cheese)
- Pulses (Beans, Lentils and Peas)
- Gluten Free Grains