Gluten is the generic term used for a family of proteins that can be found in grains, including wheat, rye, spelt, semolina, and barley. This means that gluten can be found in all conventional breads, pastas, cereals and cakes – anything that is made with flour.
You may have seen the rise of many gluten-free products, including a wide range of breads, and they are ideal for anyone who suffers from gluten intolerance and coeliac disease.
Coeliac disease is a serious autoimmune disease caused by the immune system reacting to gluten, and the only treatment for the condition is a strict gluten-free diet for life.
For those newly diagnosed with the condition, it can be daunting, to begin with, but we have some tips to help you to adapt.
Get used to reading food labels
In the UK and Europe, there is a law that means packaging has to be allergen labelled, which means you can easily tell if a product is suitable for a gluten-free diet.
Use gluten-free substitutes
You don’t have to cut out all your favourite foods, as there are many gluten-free foods readily available in supermarkets, and there will be gluten-free alternatives to your favourite foods, such as gluten-free bread, pasta, crackers, cereals and more.
Remember lots of foods are naturally gluten-free
Meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, cheese and eggs are naturally gluten-free, so use them to form the basis of your meals.
Enjoy naturally gluten-free grains and cereals.
Quinoa, teff, amaranth, polenta, buckwheat, corn, millet and tapioca are just some of the naturally gluten-free grains which can be included in the diet. Ensure you are using uncontaminated versions by reading the labels. Even a tiny bit of gluten can cause symptoms for those who are intolerant to it.
Know which alcohol to avoid
Beers, lagers, stouts and ales contain varying amounts of gluten and are not suitable. However, cider, wine, sherry, spirits, port and liqueurs are gluten-free.
Gluten-free doesn’t mean ‘fun-free’, and it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy food and drink out with friends. Coeliac UK’s online venue guide will let you know where you can eat!
If you are looking for gluten-free bread suppliers in the UK, contact us today.