Coeliac Awareness Week: A Spotlight on Gluten and Coeliac Disease
“Gluten Free” has become a well-known term particularly in the last few years, one which can often be begrudged by chefs or dismissed as a fad by the uninformed.
However, for those with coeliac disease, gluten intolerances, stomach issues and digestive problems, a gluten free diet can be their only way to ensure they don’t fall ill after eating.
Gluten is a mixture of two proteins present in cereal grains, especially wheat, which is responsible for the elastic texture in dough. Once gluten is consumed, those with coeliac disease will have their body’s immune system damage the lining of the small bowel. To date, there is no cure for this affliction, with the only existing treatment being to follow a strict, life-long gluten free diet.
Celebrated between March 13th and March 20th, Coeliac Awareness Week promotes recognition to those suffering, education to the wider public and serves as a reminder that “gluten free” is neither a trend nor a fad, but rather, a serious autoimmune disease that can cause serious pain and discomfort.
Coeliac Australia has developed the ‘Consider Coeliac’ campaign to increase general awareness and the diagnosis of coeliac disease nationally. The disease currently affects 1 in 70 Australians; however, up to 80 per cent of us still remain undiagnosed. This campaign hopes to educate all Australians and potential sufferers on which symptoms to be aware of and how to take steps towards diagnosis and treatment.
ORGRAN Health & Nutrition is proud to provide an array of products ranging from categories such as cereals and baking mixes through to pastas and snacks. We are continuously extending our range in order to cater to people with a range of product and taste preferences. ORGRAN Health & Nutrition prides itself on making the lives of those affected as easy and stress-free as possible, with all ORGRAN products being manufactured in our dedicated allergen-free facility.
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Happy Coeliac Awareness Week from Team Orgran.