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What is Gluten?

gluten is a protein compound found most commonly in the grains wheat, barley, rye and oats. this protein gives the flour e.g wheat, its structure, strength and texture. this is why bread has a certain ‘bounce’ or stretch. Rye and oats contain a slightly different type of gluten and therefore some people who may believe they are gluten-intolerant may only be intolerant to wheat and not, for example, oats).

Common foods that do not contain gluten are: rice (white and brown), corn (or sometimes alled maize), quinoa, millet, amaranth, potatoes. there are lots of gluten free products available today. an example of gluten free pasta would be brown rice pasta. sometimes gluten free cakes are made from almond or coconut flour.

What is Coeliac disease?

A more serious classification of gluten intolerance is Coeliac disease – where the immune system has a very serious response to the consumption of gluten. The immune system attacks itself and this causes damage to the lining of the small intestine and other parts of the body. Those who are gluten sensitive may only experience a range of symptoms but usually they are not as severe as those experienced by Coeliac sufferers. Undiagnosed coeliac disease can have serious
implications for long-term health. Coeliac disease sufferers will not be able to tolerate gluten at any point – meaning will need to avoid gluten for their entire life.

Being gluten sensitive does not usually pose the same kind of risk for long-term health and with the right help, sufferers may be able to re-introduce gluten with no symptoms after a period of exclusion. gluten sensitivity or intolerance is something you can be born with or develop (any time from your childhood and indeed into your 30s, 40s and so on). It is also something that can be tolerated better if the correct nutritional steps are taken.

Like to get more information on Gluten Free & Coeliac disease?

Visit the website of the Coeliac Society of Ireland – https://www.coeliac.ie/

 

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