Gluten Free Food
We always aim to help you make ethical shopping choices that make you and your family feel good. Whether that’s through guilt free shopping or buying products that help you live a healthier lifestyle. Our Good Guides pages show all the products we sell with certain ethics so it’s easier for you to find exactly what you’re looking for. One of our Good Guides details our Gluten Free selection of food that we have chosen specifically for those who suffer from coeliac disease.
Living a gluten free lifestyle has been difficult and expensive in the past with few options available. As we have become more aware of the disease and now we know more, these choices are growing and there is a great and affordable range available. We have gluten free alternatives for all your store cupboard staples – pasta, flour, cakes & snacks and cereal among others.
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein typically found in wheat, barley and rye.
It is usually found in foods like pasta, cakes, breakfast cereals, bread, certain types of sauces and some types of ready meals.
What is Coeliac Disease?
Coeliac Disease is a relatively common autoimmune disease, affecting around 1 in 100 people and is caused by the immune system reacting to gluten. When someone with ceoliac disease eats food containing gluten, their immune system reacts by damaging the lining of the small intestine.
Symptoms can include bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, wind, constipation, tiredness, mouth ulcers, sudden or unexpected weightloss, hair loss and anaemia.
Once diagnosed with coeliac disease the only treatment is a life-long gluten free diet.
Is it healthier to remove gluten from my diet?
There has been no significant research to show that a gluten free diet is necessarily healthier for you. For some individuals, reducing gluten or wheat intake can possibly can alleviate some issues but it is not recommended that you remove gluten from your diet completely unless you are coeliac.
A recent study has shown that eating foods containing gluten is not associated with risk of coronary heart disease. However, avoiding gluten can result in reduced consumption of beneficial and heart-healthy whole grains.