Coeliac Awareness Week
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What is coeliac disease?
Coeliac disease is a common digestive condition where the small intestine becomes inflamed and unable to absorb nutrients. It is caused by an adverse reaction to gluten which is found in products such as pasta, cakes and breakfast cereals. The immune system mistakes one of the substances in gluten as a threat, the antibodies then produced to fight this threat cause the surface of your intestine to become swollen. Eating foods which contain gluten can trigger symptoms such as indigestion, fatigue and abdominal pain.
The 13th-19th of May marks Coeliac UK Awareness Week 2019, this years theme asks the question “is it Coeliac disease?”. Coeliac UK have provided an online assessment to help those living with symptoms to help them to be diagnosed. Coeliac UK are an independent charity supporting those with Coeliac disease by providing advice, funding research and working with professionals to improve diagnosis.
Coeliac disease is very common with around 1 in 100 people having it but according to Coeliac UK, only 30% of people with the condition are currently diagnosed. It’s not just the typical products which most people know contain gluten, such as bread, pasta or cereals but there are lots of other foods which contain gluten. Some of these include soy sauce, sausages, soups, eggs and beer!
Awareness of conditions such as Coeliac disease is increasing within the food industry, with restaurants, cafes etc. catering to those on diets including gluten free, vegan and vegetarian. However, Coeliac UK claims the hospitality industry is still missing out on around £100 million of gluten free business a year. At Fosters Bakery, we have a gluten free range which allows our customers to cater to those with Coeliac disease and still provide them with delicious and high quality products.
What is the Gluten Free range like at Fosters Bakery?
For those of you who have been aware of Fosters Bakery for some time, you may know that we used to have a subsidiary called Wellfoods Ltd. This was a business that was separate to Fosters Bakery and only sold gluten free products. A few years ago, we decided to close Wellfoods but we still produce a range of delicious gluten free products under Fosters Bakery. Our range includes; ciabatta, rolls, loaves, scones and burger buns. Unfortunately after the Wellfoods closure, we no longer supply to retail stores or offer prescription services. Fosters Bakery provide wonderful bread for foodservice and supply our gluten free products to restaurants, sandwich manufacturers, cafes and more. So, if you’re in foodservice, you can still purchase our gluten free range!
GLUTEN FREE RECIPES TO TRY AT HOME
Whether you are on a gluten free diet or not, why not give a gluten free recipe a go to raise awareness of Coeliac disease! Let us know in the comments if you have any other gluten free suggestions and don’t forget to share some pictures with us if you make any of these.