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April 30, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Coeliac week – gluten free & wheat free diets

Honey & spelt bread imageI’ve been following a wheat free diet in a fairly relaxed way recently, so I’ve become aware for the first time of the narrow range of gluten & wheat free products available. This morning, someone just asked me what the differences are between a gluten free diet & a wheat free diet. I found this answer on Food for Life (who sell gluten & wheat free products). Basically it depends on your symptoms. You can be allergic to the wheat itself or the gluten in the wheat. Because all wheat contains gluten, a wheat free diet automatically means it’s actually also a gluten free one.

“There are a few differences between gluten free and wheat free. … It is possible for someone to be on a wheat free diet and not need to be on a gluten free diet. However, if someone is on a gluten free diet for health issues, it is also necessary for them to be on a wheat free diet. ALL wheat has gluten in it.

A gluten free diet is necessary for people suffering from Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), bloating, gas, and allergic reactions to gluten. A wheat free diet is usually associated with an allergic reaction to wheat itself. A wheat allergy might include skin irritations, rashes, hives, nasal congestion, and digestive tract issues among other symptoms.

Because gluten is in all wheat products, anyone with digestive problems related to gluten should also avoid wheat products. Some of the benefits of going gluten free and wheat free are better digestion, weight loss, more energy, and a potential reduction in inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. A gluten free diet has also been shown to help some children with autism.”

Apley Farm Shop‘s butcher sells gluten free sausages & an increasing range of other wheat & gluten free products, as it seems the number of people seeking them is increasing. I love the honey & spelt bread on our bakery shelves. Coeliac week is 12-18 May. I’ll list the full range of Apley’s wheat free products asap.

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