A gluten free diet is followed by individuals with Coeliac Disease. Those with coeliac disease or gluten intolerance have adverse reactions when they ingest gluten – a protein found in wheat. These adverse reactions can be extremely uncomfortable and can be detrimental to health therefore it is essential to completely remove gluten from the diet to avoid any health complications.
Gluten Free Diet
A gluten free diet can feel restrictive and can become expensive, not to mention frustrating when you are not aware or well informed on all of the options available to you. Some newly diagnosed Coeliacs may panic and start buying only specialised ‘gluten free’ brands which can be expensive and not always easily accessed in general supermarkets. There are plenty of foods out there that are naturally gluten free so you should take the time to familiarise yourself with these so that you are always able to prepare a coeliac friendly meal (and may also save you some cash). This is where we step up to the plate; our dietitians can help you to overcome the limitations of a gluten free diet by opening up the long list of safe food possibilities for you.
What to avoid in your Gluten Free Diet
Here is an example of some ingredients and foods to definitely avoid if you are a coeliac:
- Wheat germ
- Bulgar wheat
- Wheat gluten
- Wheat malt
- Durum wheat
- Wheat starch
- Flour or unbleached flour
- Whole wheat
- Hydrolysed wheat protein
- Wheat Bran
Professional help for a Gluten Free Diet
Our registered dietitians offer advice on safe gluten free food choices, gluten free recipes and gluten free meal ideas to help keep your diet balanced yet varied. If you have been diagnosed with Coeliac disease or suspect you may be Coeliac, please contact us to get the advice and support you need.