Gluten Free Diet And The Things You Should Know
Gluten is a group of proteins found in certain grains, such as wheat, rye, and barley. It helps food maintain its shape by providing elasticity and moisture. It also allows bread to rise and provides a chewy texture.
Although gluten is safe for most people, those with conditions like celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should avoid it to prevent adverse health effects. Many foods are made with gluten-containing ingredients, so it’s important that those who are unable to consume it check ingredient labels closely.
Here we briefly discuss some of the facts about a gluten free diet so you have the knowledge you need to change your diet after your diagnosis.
The gluten free diet is for you if:
- If you have coeliac disease you will have to avoid gluten for life.
- A gluten free diet is the only treatment for the condition.
- Gluten is found in the grains wheat, barley and rye.
- On the gluten free diet you can eat many foods including meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, rice and potatoes.
- You can also eat gluten free substitute foods and processed foods that don’t contain gluten.
- You can tell whether gluten is in a food by learning about allergen labelling – it sounds scary, but you get used to it once you know how.
The food in gluten free diet:
- fruit and vegetables
You can also eat processed foods which don’t contain gluten, such as ready meals and soups. Our Food and Drink Information lists thousands of products and you can access this online, on our app or order one in hard copy. Some ingredients are confusing as they can be made from wheat but the final ingredient is gluten free, for example glucose syrup
The drinks are allowed:
- fruit juice
- flavoured water
- fizzy drinks
The drinks are not allowed:
- barley squashes
This information is based on the advice of our Food Standards Committee, Health Advisory Council and/or the Prolamin Working Group.
You will feel better
After your diagnosis of coeliac disease and moving to a gluten free diet you will start to feel better as your gut heals.
Some people fell significantly better within a few days of cutting out gluten but some may see more of a gradual improvement in their symptoms or that one symptom improves before another.
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have diarrhoea or you are vomiting, it’s important to keep yourself well hydrated by drinking lots of water.
Some people find that taking medication to treat constipation, diarrhoea or headaches can ease symptoms, but check with your pharmacist or GP.
The most important thing is to get back onto your gluten free diet to try to prevent further symptoms. If your symptoms are very severe or do not improve, speak to your GP.
Additionally, we would like to recommend some cookbooks to make it easier in the gluten free journey.
1. The Gluten-free Instant Pot Cookbook
- Authors: Bonacci, Jane
- File Size: 14.56 MB
- Format: Pdf
- Pages: 147
- Publisher: Harvard Common Press
- Published Year: 2018
- ISBN-10: 1558329544
- ISBN-13: 9781558329546
The Gluten-Free Instant Pot Cookbook is the only book available that opens up the power and convenience of the Instant Pot–and other electric pressure cookers and multi-cookers–for gluten-free home cooks.
BUY HERE: The Gluten-free Instant Pot Cookbook
2. Simply . . . Gluten-free Quick Meals
- Authors: Carol Kicinski
- File Size: 1.37 MB
- Format: Epub
- Pages: 224
- Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
- Published Year: 2012
- ISBN-10: 0312622074
- ISBN-13: 9780312622077
LIVING GLUTEN-FREE CAN BE EASY.
Simply … Gluten-free Quick Meals makes gluten-free cooking fast and stress-free for everything from everyday suppers to holiday entertaining. This cookbook offers more than a hundred recipes that are easy to prepare–and delicious, too–for main dishes, side dishes, and desserts.
BUY HERE: Simply . . . Gluten-free Quick Meals
3. Gluten-Free Vegan Comfort Food
- Edition: 1st Da Capo Press Edition
- Authors: Ferroni, Lara; O’Brien, Susan
- File Size: 1.55 MB
- Format: Epub
- Pages: 226
- Publisher: Da Capo Press;Da Capo Lifelong Books
- Published Year: 2012
- ISBN-10: 0738214906
- ISBN-13: 9780738214900
With at least 30 percent of Americans suffering from gluten sensitivity and the huge interest in vegan and vegetarian lifestyles, the demand for hearty recipes that are free from wheat, gluten, meat, and dairy products has never been greater. Susan O’Brien is back with the sequel to her popular Gluten-Free Vegan. This time she makes it quick and easy versions for everyone’s favorite comfort food recipes.
Recipes include Pumpkin and Pecan Waffles with Pumpkin Maple Butter, “Mac and Cheese,” Stuffed Bell Peppers, Baked Bean Casserole, Molasses Cookies, Key Lime Pie, and Berry Rice Pudding.