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GluFree’s Guide To A Gluten Free Diet

Gluten is a protein found in barley, rye, wheat, and many other products. Avoid food that will trigger symptoms by reading through our FAQs to get an understanding of Coeliac disease. Discover more

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Naturally Gluten Free Food

A lot of food is naturally gluten free. You can enjoy a diet of potatoes, poultry, meat, fish, nuts, fruit, vegetables, and more. It is recommended that you check the ingredients of manufactured and processed foods when looking for a quick meal.

 

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FAQ

What is Gluten?

Gluten is the name of a naturally occurring structural protein found in wheat, barley and rye. It often acts as a binder holding foods together.

What is Coeliac disease?

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects the small intestine. It is triggered by the consumption of gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, and rye. When someone with coeliac disease ingests gluten, their immune system reacts by damaging the lining of the small intestine. This can lead to various symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss. It's important for individuals with coeliac disease to follow a strict gluten-free diet to manage their condition and prevent any long-term complications. 

How is coeliac disease diagnosed?

Diagnosing coeliac disease typically involves several steps. Firstly, a healthcare provider may conduct a thorough review of your medical history and symptoms. If coeliac disease is suspected, they might order blood tests to check for specific antibodies that are commonly present in individuals with the condition.

If the blood tests indicate a potential diagnosis, your healthcare provider may recommend a small intestine biopsy. During this procedure, a small tissue sample is taken from the lining of the small intestine to assess for any damage or inflammation caused by gluten consumption.

It's important to note that in order to accurately diagnose coeliac disease, it is crucial that gluten is not eliminated from the diet prior to testing. Removing gluten from the diet before testing can lead to false-negative results.

If you suspect you may have celiac disease, it's best to consult a healthcare professional who can guide you through the diagnosis process and provide appropriate advice tailored to your specific situation.

Who should follow a gluten free diet?

A gluten-free diet is typically followed by individuals who have been diagnosed with coeliac disease, an autoimmune disorder. It is also commonly followed by those with gluten sensitivity or wheat allergy. There are also many people who prefer to follow a gluten free diet as they find it suits them.

Gluten Free Diet: FAQ

Should someone with coeliac disease worry about cross contamination?

Absolutely! For someone with coeliac disease, avoiding cross contamination is crucial. Cross contamination occurs when gluten is unintentionally transferred from one food or surface to another. It can happen during food preparation, cooking, or even through shared utensils, equipment, or storage containers. To ensure safety, it's important to pay attention to ingredients, cooking methods, and kitchen practices to prevent gluten from coming into contact with gluten-free foods. Anyone with coeliac disease or a gluten allergy should be mindful of cross contamination as this can lead to an allergic / autoimmune reaction. Some individuals who opt to avoid gluten can sometimes handle the cross contamination but it’s recommended to avoid this at all costs

What are the first things a coeliac should know after being diagnosed?

  1. Research you diagnosis, there’s tons of information online that can help you understand your diagnosis. GluFree has tons of information available and you can send us an email support@glufree.co.uk with questions to get back to you. 

  2. Check all the labels of your food. Gluten is hidden in tons of different products, so check all of your products and opt for products created in safe environments or that are naturally gluten free. 

  3. Talk to people around you. Coeliac disease can be a really daunting diagnosis but talking to the people around you can help you feel supported. If possible, get in touch with someone who has coeliac disease who may be able to understand what you are going through. 

  4. See a dietitian. They can help you understand your new diet better and support you. 

  5. Talk to your GP, if you have questions or concerns, they should be able to answer them and help guide you

Who else can be gluten sensitive?

Many people also experience gluten sensitivity or may have other reasons for following a gluten free diet. This includes gluten sensitivity, a wheat allergy or a host of other things. Some people follow a gluten free diet because it makes them feel good. Glufree is a space for everyone to get access to foods they can be sure are safe.

What makes a product GluFree Approved?

We want to do our best to ensure everyone can enjoy all of our foods safely. GluFree Approved products go above and beyond, they are a close replacement to the real thing. Best of all, these are products you will love as much as we do.

Contact

We constantly review and develop products the meet consumer needs for those that suffer from allergies and intolerances. Always check product labelling, warnings, and directions prior to use or consumption. If you have any questions, then please send your enquiry to support@glufree.co.uk

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Who else can be gluten sensitive?

Many people also experience gluten sensitivity or may have other reasons for following a gluten free diet. This includes gluten sensitivity, a wheat allergy or a host of other things. Some people follow a gluten free diet because it makes them feel good. Glufree is a space for everyone to get access to foods they can be sure are safe.

What makes a product GluFree Approved?

We want to do our best to ensure everyone can enjoy all of our foods safely. GluFree Approved products go above and beyond, they are a close replacement to the real thing. Best of all, these are products you will love as much as we do.

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