People with coeliac disease have to follow a lifelong gluten-free diet. Even tiny amounts of gluten can trigger an immune reaction, which damages the gut (small bowel) resulting in digestive problems, nutrient deficiencies and increased risk of anaemia, osteoporosis and other health problems.
Gluten is a type of protein found in the cereals rye, wheat and barley. Many people with coeliac disease are also sensitive to oats. The range of gluten-free products on the market has improved in recent years and staple items are also available on prescription.
Grains to avoid and naturally gluten-free alternatives.
Wheat (flour, pasta, bread, pizza, crackers, cakes, biscuits, many breakfast cereals)
Oats (usually contaminated with Gluten)
Potato and potato starch/flour
Corn / Maize
Gram / channa flour
If you think you or your child may have coeliac disease you must visit your doctor for a blood test and possibly a small bowel biopsy. DO NOT commence a gluten-free diet before being tested as this will mask the disease and result in a negative diagnosis.
Coeliac UK are a fantastic resource for people with coeliac disease www.coeliacuk.org