With two Coeliacs in our family we understand there are challenges when adjusting to a gluten free diet. Below is some information about Coeliac disease with links to our tips.
Coeliac disease is a lifelong autoimmune disease caused by a reaction to gluten.
It is a serious illness where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues when you eat gluten. This causes damage to the lining of the gut and means the body can’t properly absorb nutrients from food. Coeliac disease is not an allergy or food intolerance.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Some people are also sensitive to oats.
If you are diagnosed as a coeliac, it is treated by following a gluten free diet for life.
For further information I would highly recommend visiting the Coeliac UK website www.coeliac.org.uk
There is lots of information, recipe ideas and products available on the internet and with GF bloggers and others sharing on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, lots of useful suggestions.
Why is it important to avoid cross contamination?
If you are following a gluten free diet, it’s important to not undo all your good work by allowing your gluten free food to be contaminated with food that contains gluten.
Even tiny amounts of gluten, smaller than breadcrumbs, may cause people with coeliac disease to have symptoms in the short term and gut damage long term.
Our brand and products at Keep It Gluten Free are designed to help you organise and clearly identify Gluten Free food, utensils and storage.