The Gluten Free Diet

Energy Fields understands that many people today are required to be on a gluten free diet due to a gluten allergy,
more commonly known as celiac disease (celiacs disease, coeliac disease, coeliacs disease).

That's why we have created a range of gluten free foods including our

These gluten free foods are not only great for those with the gluten allergy, but because wheat is so prevalent in our diets today, it is also for those of us who feel that they are eating too many processed wheat products, and want to cut down.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is the protein portion of wheat, rye, barley, triticale and possibly oats.

What is Celiac Disease?

It is a medical condition that is caused by a gluten intolerance that is permanent and can be alleviated only by keeping gluten away from the diet.

Celiac disease is caused by an interaction between gluten that has been ingested, and the lining of the small bowel.

This interaction causes damage to the bowel lining causing inflammation, and a flattening of the surface area of the bowel.
This results in decreased absorption of nutrients and minerals from foods, leading to deficiencies in vitamins, minerals and sometimes even protein, carbohydrates and fats.

Left untreated, coeliac disease can result in

  • chronic poor health
  • infertility
  • miscarriages
  • depression
  • osteoporosis due to calcium deficiency
  • dental enamel defects

It has also been linked to an increased risk of gastrointestinal and oesophageal carcinoma.

Undiagnosed in children, it can cause a decrease in proper devlopment, short stature and behavioural problems.

The Symptoms of Celiac Disease

Celiac disease symptoms include

  • fatigue, weakness and lethargy
  • anaemia which does not respond to treatment, or will recur after treatment and will not be resolved until a gluten free diet is undertaken
  • flatulence and bloating of the abdomen
  • diarrhoea
  • constipation
  • cramping
  • nausea and vomiting

Gluten intolerance symptoms can also include easy bruising, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, weight loss, poor weight gain in children, delayed growth or delayed puberty in children, ulcerations and swelling of the mouth and tongue, bone and joint pain and skin rashes.

**It is important that if you are experiencing symptoms of a gluten allergy, that you are properly diagnosed by your medical practitioner before undertaking a gluten free diet.

What Foods Contain Gluten?

The list of foods that contain gluten can be overwhelming due to the fact that so many of our foods have been processed and are not in their natural state. But if you eat a natural, fresh unprocessed diet, you will find that you avoid most of the gluten additives.

Foods containing gluten include anything that is made with wheat, rye, barley, triticale and oats including

  • wheat and rye breads including sour dough and spelt
  • cereals based on wheat, oats, rye, barley and those that contain malt extract
  • regular pasta including gnocchi
  • wheat noodles, soba noodles, hokkien noodles
  • many biscuits and crackers
  • regular cakes and pastries
  • pizza dough, pancakes, batters, cake mixes, regular flour
  • breadcrumbs
  • corn flour
  • stock cubes and powders, seasoning mixtures
  • soy sauce
  • bottled sauces and relishes
  • malt and grain vinegars
  • manufactured or processed meats
  • dips
  • flavoured potato chips, corn chips and rice crackers
  • icing sugar
  • custard powder
  • beer

The diet for celiac disease needs to be a gluten free diet at all times, and there are now many gluten free alternatives available to the foods above.

Include Energy Fields tasty, healthy range of gluten free foods like our NEW Wheat and Gluten Free Muesli and Puffed Rice in your diet and you will be sure to feel the difference.

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