Coeliac disease is a chronic intestinal disorder caused by a digestive intolerance to the protein, gluten. A common misconception is that someone who is intolerant to gluten automatically has coeliac disease which is incorrect. Many people test positive with few or minor symptoms, and for these people, avoidance is just as important in overall disease prevention.
Gluten is found in some of the grains that make up a major part of many diets, with wheat, rye, spelt and barley being the most common.
Diarrhoea, constipation, cramping, pain, gas and bloating are some of the more prominent symptoms seen by some sufferers, although as the damage to the intestinal lining continues, allergies appear, poor digestion and malabsorption worsen and a condition known as ?leaky gut? develops. Leaky gut is where the sensitive gut mucosal lining erodes, allowing the passage of toxins, microbes and food allergens to absorb into your system.
Left untreated, gluten intolerant folk can suffer from a wide variety of health complications and unfortunately many cases of gluten intolerance also go undiagnosed due to a lack of digestive symptoms. Other clues include unexplained anaemia, tiredness, weight loss, sinusitis, osteoporosis, respiratory difficulties and joint pain.
There is a strong genetic link to having gluten intolerance. The best way to deal with gluten sensitivity is to eliminate gluten from the diet. Gluten is found in many common foods, including bread, cereal, pasta, cakes, biscuits, flours and hidden in small quantities in numerous other foods. Reading food labels carefully and avoiding anything containing gluten is essential for long term control of the condition.
Gluten-free products can be made from rice, millet, buckwheat, polenta, corn, psyllium, sorghum, quinoa, sago soy, gluten-free flours, potato, lupin flour, lentil flour, tapioca, and arrowroot if desired. Whilst oats do contain a gluten-like molecule, they are generally well tolerated by most people with coeliac. All recipes can be modified to suit a gluten sensitive diet and gluten-free products are now readily available.
At Tender Loving Cuisine, we strive with the approval of The Coeliac Society, to create meals that can be consumed by people with all levels of gluten intolerance. Many of our existing customers often tell us how happy they are to be able to satisfy a sweet tooth with our delicious gluten free desserts. Our most popular dinner meals in the gluten free range include Corned Silverside with White Sauce, Roast Lamb with Mint Gravy, Shepherds Pie and Lentil Patties just to name a few. TLC has a wide variety of gluten free options and this is why our recipes have won awards for being healthy as well as affordable.
If you are experiencing Gluten discomfort from your current diet, contact TLC and let our friendly staff help you choose some healthier options.
Copyright, Maria Mitzikis, Nutrition Consultant