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Monday, 11 May 2015

Gluten Free! Coeliac Awareness Week

I wanted to write this post because it is Coeliac Awareness Week. I myself do not suffer with Coeliac but at one point i thought i did, so i read up about it & now know quite a lot about Coeliac. 
I hope this Post is Beneficial :) 
Also at the end, there is a Orgran Product review :)

What is Coeliac?
Coeliac (pronounced See.Lee.ak) is a disease of the small intestine, which is hyper-sensitive to Gluten causing difficulty digesting certain Foods. Coeliac is not a Food Intolerance or Allergy. The disease affects 1 in 100 in the UK, so is more common than you think. Anyone at any age could develop this disease. It is most common in adults aged 50-60+
Coeliac can be genetic ( so if someone in your Family has the disease, there is a chance you may develop it in later life, but it doesn't mean you will definitely get it) If your Brother or Sister has the disease, the chance goes up to 1 in 10.

What is Gluten?
Gluten is a mixture of 2 Proteins which are present in Wheat, Barley, Rye & more..
These 2 proteins are called Gliadin and Glutenin. 
Gliadin is the Protein which Coeliacs suffer with.
A lot of People suffer from a Gluten intolerance and it doesn't always apply to people with Coeliac disease, you could just be sensitive to Gluten.
Foods that contain Gluten are things like, Breads, Cereals, Pastas, some Soups,Beer, Pizza...
Even some Vitamins & Minerals contain Gluten!
Nowdays, more and more people are opting for a Gluten-free Diet for health benefits, since its been revealed that Gluten can be bad for your health.

What are Coeliacs symptoms?
Symptoms of Coeliacs varies from person to person & can range from Mild where it doesn't take over as much of your life, to people who suffer with Severe symptoms and can be disabling  & extremely distressing.

Symptoms of Eating Gluten in Children who have Coeliac Disease-

-Abdominal Bloating & Pain
-Fatigue (tiredness)
-Chronic Constipation 
-Chronic Diarrhoea which could contain Blood
-Decreased Apptite & Failure to Gain Weight
Growth Problems & failure to thrive

Symptoms of Eating Gluten in Adults with Coeliac Disease -

-Recurrent Stomach Cramps & Bloating
-Anemia (Low Red blood Cells)
-Joint or Bone Pain
-Tingling or Numbness in Hands or Feet (caused by Nerve damage & Low Calcium)
-Erratic Menstrual Periods
-Sudden Weight loss
-Mouth Ulsers
-Depression & Anxiety
-Liver Problems
-Growth Problems
-Delayed Puberty
-Severe Skin Rashes

Eating Foods that contain Gluten can trigger a range of Symptoms, so its worth trying to find out what Foods are causing your a problems, and cut them out for a while.

What Health Problems Coincide with Coeliac Disease?

People who suffer with Coeliac disease are more at risk to be susceptible to other Health Problems such as:
-Osteoporosis (which is a Medical Condition which makes the bones become Brittle & Fragile from the loss of Tissue, as a result of Hormonal Changes, or deficiency of Vitamin D & Calcium)
-Growth Problems in children ( as they do not absorb enough Nutrients to make the body grow Normally)
-Cancer of the intestine (this is Very Rare!)
-Miscarriage or Infertility

Those who suffer with Coeliac may suffer with other Autoimmune Disease such as-

-Rheumatoid Arthritis (a condition that causes swelling & pain of the joints)
-Thyroid disease 
-Lupus (which is a disease which the body immune system becomes Hypersensitive & attacks Normal, Healthy Tissue)
-Type 1 diabetes

Treating Coeliac disease?

Unfortunately, there is no Cure for Coeliac disease but cutting out Gluten & making Dietary changes can be extremely beneficial & should help you to control your Symptoms.
When switching to a Gluten-free diet, it is best to maintain a Healthy & Balanced diet!
The best thing you can do, is always read the Labels on your Foods & packaging, & try to familiarise yourself with what foods cause you a problem. This really helped with me & (touch wood) i haven't had a problem with my diet for a while (stop Holly before you Jinx yourself haha)
If you can, spend time in the Kitchen making some delicious Gluten-free Meals. There are tons of Gluten-free Cook Books out there, I'm sure it would be beneficial!

If you have any of the symptoms listed above, its important to consult your Doctor who will investigate by taking a Blood Sample to see if you have Ceoliac disease. 

These symptoms might not mean you have Coeliac disease it could mean that you have an Intolerance or Allergy to Gluten, but its really important not to ignore symptoms & to get check up by the Doctor as soon as possible :)

My No.1 Gluten-free Cook Book i recommend!
No.1- Seriously Good! Gluten-free Cooking: In Association with Coeliac UK by Phil Vickery.
This Book is great for Coeliac sufferers. I was really impressed reading though this Book to find so many seriously tasty Recipes! It would be silly not to pick it up & give em' a try!
You can Purchase Phil's Book here-

If you would like more information on Coelicas, i have included a Link to Coeliac UK below :)

Here are some Foods i suggest for Gluten-free Diets-

If you have recently been diagnosed with Coeliac disease, all is not lost as there is a lot of delicious & tasty Foods, Recipes, Books to take inspiration from.

A great Company who product Coeliac foods is....
Orgran is a Food Company which create Gluten-free, Wheat-free, Nut-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Yeast-free,Gmo-free yummy Snacks & Foods.
They are also suitable for Vegan! whoop :D

Orgran is the trusted Brand for Coeliacs & other allergy sufferers around the World.

Orgran export to 55 countries around the World.Visit their Website here-

Orgran provide healthy & tasty products which are free from major allergens! Orgran offer a great variety of foods from Cakes, to crackers,Crispbreads & more!

Orgran were very kind and sent me some of their Foods to try. I received the Amaretti Biscotti, Toasted Buckwheat Crispbread, Apple & Cinnamon pancake mix, Multigrain Wafer Crackers & the Kids Itsy Bitsy Bear Bits.

All of these products listed below are suitable for Vegan :)

Lets start off with the...


Orgrans Biscotti is made with the finest Gluten-free ingredients. They are lovely little Biscuits which provide excellent quality  & the most exquisite Baked Gluten-free Biscotti without using Eggs, Milk, or Animal Fats.
They contain-
Maize Starch, Raw Sugar, Palm Vegetable Oil, Coconut Desiccated (Sulphur Dioxide), Rice Flour, Brown Rice Syrup, Yellow Pea Flour, Natural Amaretto Flavour (0.5%), Emulsifier: Vegetable derived Monoglycerides, Salt, Raising Agent: Sodium Bicarbonate

In my opinion, i find these cute little Biscuits taste like Coconut (i don't know if anyone else finds this but i find them really moorish, i can't just have one!)

Pour a cool glass of Almond Milk or a cuppa' tea & dunk Away!
Seriously tasty!

Apple & Cinnamon Pancake Mix-

I made and tucked in to this delightful Pancake mix this morning, it just sounded ahhhmazing!
This Pancake mix is a quality made natural product which is Wheat-free, Egg-free,Yeast-free, Dairy-free Gluten-free & contains no added Sugars.
This mix is perfect if you want quick yet really tasty home-made Pancakes!

All you have to do is add 400ml of Water into a large bowl, then add some of the Orgran No Egg Replacer & stir in all of the Ingredients until Smooth.
Pour into a Lightly greased Pan and cook on a low heat, flip away and serve!
They are tasty enough just as they are but you could also add sugar or other toppings if you like! You get a nice Sweet flavour from the Apples & a light, spicy kick from the Cinnamon.

The mix contains-
Maize Starch, Fructose, Dried Apple (Sulphur Dioxide) (7%), Maize Flour, Raising Agents: Monocalcium Phosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Calcium Carbonate. Cinnamon (0.9%), Potato Starch, Yellow Pea Flour, Tapioca Starch, Vegetable Gums (Stabilisers): Guar Gum, Methylcellulose. Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid.

Multigrain Wafer Crackers-

These Wafer Crackers are the perfect snack by themselves or break them/dip them into/over some Dairy-free Icecream ( perfect for the Summer) or even grate some Dairy-free Cheese on top.
These Crackers are Wheat-free, Gluten-free, Yeast-free, Dairy-free & Tasty!
The Crackers are light & full of Flavour. They come in 3 different moorish Flavours-
-Buckwheat ( for added goodness)
These are made in Orgrans dedicated Free from facility so everyone can enjoy them.

They contain-Tapioca Starch, Rice Flour (15%), Buckwheat Flour (12%), Maize Starch, Iodised Salt, Sunflower Lecithin, Vegetable Gum (Thickener): Xanthan Gum.

Itsy bitsy bears-

Orgrans Itsy Bitsy Bears are tiny little bear shapes biscuits flavoured with Chocolate & tiny berry flavoured bits. These cute little biscuits are free from Gluten, Wheat, Egg, Dairy, Yeast & Egg.
These little bears are perfect to take on the go. They are naturally rich in Complex Carbohydrates.
They are very tasty & i love to pop of flavour from the Sweet berries.
They contain-
Maize starch, Brown rice flour, Raw sugar, Choc bits (14%), Sugar, Palm vegetable oil,Cocoa powder, Rice syrup, Pea flour, Psyllium, raising agent: Sodium bicarbonate, Calcium carbonate (source of calcium), vegetable gum: Guar, emulsifier: Monoglycerides from vegetable, Natural vanilla flavour, Salt

Buckwheat Crispbread -

I love Crispbreads and the variety of toppings you can add to them!
These are produced using nutrient rich Buckwheat which is milled to maintain Freshness, purity & unique flavour.
Orgrans Crispbreads were super tasty and I paired mine with some sliced avocado  Tomato, Black pepper and a sprinkling of Chia Seeds. They are really light & have a nice layered crunch.

These contain-
Buckwheat Flour (68%), Rice Flour, Salt

Thankyou to Orgran for kindly sending me these delightful snacks! They will be thoroughly enjoyed!

If you would like to find out more about Orgran & see their many other delicious products, here is the link below to their website-

I hope this Post is helpful & it would be useful to have any comments or suggestions about this post or any other posts for me to do in the Future!

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