Lately, it seems that all we hear about is ‘gluten-free’ this and ‘gluten-free’ that. While going gluten-free seems to be the latest diet fad, there are many people for whom a gluten-free diet is compulsory.
This week is Coeliac Awareness Week. Coeliac disease affects one in one hundred people, and is a lifelong autoimmune disease caused by a reaction to gluten. Once diagnosed, the treatment is a gluten-free diet for life.
What is gluten though? It seems that many people who jump on the fad diet bandwagon out of choice rather than necessity don’t actually know…
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Due to increased awareness of Coeliac disease, many products are now available with gluten-free options to support the diet of those suffering from this disease.
Coeliac disease is a serious illness where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues when gluten is consumed. This causes damage to the lining of the stomach, and means that the body can’t absorb nutrients from food properly.
For more information about Coeliac Disease and gluten-free support, please visit www.coeliac.org.uk