So what is Gluten?
A protein composite found in several grains such as wheat, rye, and barley, Gluten is the magic ingredient that gives the bread dough its elasticity and helps it rise. Helping breads to retain their shape and giving it that chewy, satisfying texture, Gluten is a hidden little miracle worker. Unfortunately for those off gluten – it is that hidden and widespread nature of gluten that often makes leading a diet free of the stuff quite tricky!
Gluten Intolerance & Celiac Disease
Being intolerant to any food can be a nightmare for many, especially in the time before the intolerance is diagnosed. Gluten intolerance is no different. Symptoms of an allergy can range from a mild reaction to a full-blown attack – the latter of which is commonly experienced by people suffering with autoimmune disorder: Celiac disease.
Symptoms such as nausea, bloating, pain in the digestive tract and diarrhoea are all common signifiers of a gluten intolerance. Diagnosis of gluten intolerance is usually by elimination, whereas there are tests that can be taken to confirm Celiac Disease is this is suspected.
Interesting article from the BBC should the way that gluten intolerant people recieve perscriptions be changed? bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-…