What is Gluten?

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Gluten is a protein which is found in foods made out of grains including wheat, barley and rye. Although considered a grey area, oats do contain a protein that is similar to gluten which some people can tolerate however, other people may not.

It is important for people who suffer with diabetes and coeliac disease to follow a gluten free diet and although this can be a challenge, it is a necessity. Coeliac disease and Type 1 diabetes are both autoimmune diseases and it is not uncommon for people to suffer with both of them.

Other people who have wheat or gluten allergies may be sensitive to gluten and have to avoid foods containing it.

Foods to avoid if you are gluten intolerant.

There are a number of foods that will need to be avoided if you have been advised to remove gluten from your diet and these include all foods made with flour such as bread, pasta, breakfast cereals, bagels, pies, biscuits and cakes. It is also true that some pre-prepared foods use gluten as a binding agent and therefore these will also need to be avoided.

Other pre-prepared foods that may include gluten include:

Soup ▪ sausages and processed meats ▪ curries ▪ ready meals ▪ ice-cream ▪ some sauces and dressings.

Even some vitamins could include gluten and therefore if you are following a gluten free diet you need to be very aware when making your everyday food choices.

Packaged food in the UK must indicate whether or not they contain gluten by law.

Are there any side effects of following a gluten free diet?

You may find that nutrient deficiency can be a potential side effect of following a gluten free diet and your GP may prescribe supplements for you. The effects of not following a gluten free diet especially if you have coeliac disease would be far greater.

All information was sourced from http://www.diabetes.co.uk/

If you need to have more advise relating to your nutrition and diet then either your GP or a private GP could refer you to a qualified dietitian or nutritional therapist would be able to assist you further with advice tailored specifically to your own requirements.

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