While a gluten free diet is essential to those with Coeliac Disease, research has shown that removal of gluten from the diet can be beneficial and relieve the symptoms in many cases for people who suffer from a variety of conditions and ailments including IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), dermatitis herpetiformis, auto immune disorders, multiple sclerosis, ADHD, anaemia, autism, thyroid disease and cystic fibrosis. Doing away with gluten in the diet has also been considered to benefit some sportsmen and women by increasing energy levels.
Coeliac disease is sadly under diagnosed in the United Kingdom, although awareness is growing within the medical profession. Estimates suggest that 1 in 100 people are affected by this condition far fewer are diagnosed with it and many sufferers are in denial.
The symptoms of Coeliac disease vary from sufferer to sufferer however some of the more common ones are intense fatigue, anaemia, intestinal discomfort, muscle cramps, diarrhoea and a high rate if miscarriages. Gluten is naturally found many cereal crops such as wheat, rye, oats, malt and barley. A wide variety of processed foods also contain gluten.
Going gluten free and finding gluten free food can be a bit of a nightmare and while gluten free products are clearly marked, and labelling laws insist that gluten containing foods have notification in the allergy advice, the majority of people following a gluten free diet are avid label readers.
A few years ago gluten free also meant taste free, however today this is not the case and tasty gluten free alternatives are now available for most foods; in many instances these are indistinguishable from the foods they are replacing. The one issue we have, however, is that often food may not contain any gluten or wheat, but they may actually be manufactured in an environment which cannot be guaranteed to be free of gluten.
On lighter note experts keep telling us that chocolate is good for the heart, well in our opinion it is also good for the soul. So feel free to indulge yourself in some excellent quality gluten free chocolate, justification is easy, simply tell yourself that it’s a health food.
Below is a list of products where we have been notified that they are free of gluten. But please do research before you buy.