Coeliac Awareness Week (May 8th – 14th) is a time to raise public consciousness about the health consequences many coeliacs experience.
Coeliac disease is believed to be a lifelong autoimmune condition that causes the intestine to become inflamed, losing its ability to absorb nutrients from the diet and potentially leading to other kinds of associated illnesses.
Symptoms of Coeliac disease include tiredness and headaches, regular stomach pain, gas or bloating, diarrhoea, constipation or gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea and vomiting.
Coeliac disease is caused by an adverse reaction to gluten and this creates an immune response, leading to inflammation in the small intestine. When the normal villi are destroyed, that’s when nutrients are unable to be absorbed from the diet.
While some believe that people can be genetically predisposed to developing celiac disease, not everyone who has celiac disease in their family develops this condition. There is another unknown reason why this autoimmune response occurs.
Even more people are unaware that they are experiencing the symptoms of celiac disease or may be gluten sensitive. Gluten is found in three types of cereal and these include wheat, rye and barley. These are found within a wide range of foods including breads, pastas, cereals, cakes, certain kinds of sauces and ready meals, so it can be difficult to avoid without taking the necessary precautions or having good alternatives available.
The good news is that as more people are aware of coeliac disease, the amount of options available has greatly increased meaning that it’s possible to replace a wide range of food products containing gluten and still enjoy all of your favourite dishes.
Yet just because a food is gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Many gluten-free products replace wheat with corn or potato starch that are high in sugars, causing blood sugar levels to spike and potentially creating inflammation in the body that can lead to diseases in the long-term.
As a general rule it’s best to avoid many of the products in the ‘Free From’ section of your supermarket as many of the ingredients are just as unhealthy as their traditional counterparts. Instead, focus on using healthy ingredients to create your own bread, pastas, cereals, etc.
Sprouted and organic Buckwheat seed has many benefits for health. Along with supplying important vitamins and minerals, buckwheat is high in fiber, digestible protein and disease fighting antioxidants. A healthier alternative to wheat flour, this is the ideal way to enjoy bread, cakes, cookies and more without any of the unwanted consequences. Take a look at some of the creations below…