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Why being ‘gluten-free’ is more than just a faddy diet

Avoiding gluten is part of everyday life for many – but that doesn’t mean missing out on your favourite things
Why being ‘gluten-free’ is more than just a faddy diet
March 3, 2017   |    Hannah Dakin

Coeliac disease affects one in 100 people, although some experts believe the figure is higher as many cases are undiagnosed.

Contrary to popular belief, it is an autoimmune disease that affects the gut’s lining, not an allergy. A milder form known as ‘non-coeliac gluten sensitivity’ has been recognised for those who report a sensitivity to gluten, with symptoms similar to irritable bowel syndrome.

There is a common misconception that ‘wheat-free’ means ‘gluten-free’, but gluten is a protein found in several grains, so wheat-free items may still contain gluten.

Remember, it’s not advisable to cut out any major food group without consulting a qualified nutritionist.

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