GETTING TO KNOW GLUTEN
With more and more people being diagnosed with an intolerance to gluten, or choosing to avoid it for lifestyle reasons, here we answer some of the frequently asked questions around gluten. From ‘what is it?’ to ‘what can I eat?’ scroll through for more information.
What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein present in cereal grains. It is found in wheat, rye and barley and is responsible for the elastic texture of dough.
What is Coeliac Disease?
Coeliac disease (pronounced see-liac) is a lifelong disease, caused by the immune system reacting to gluten.
It affects one in 100 people, but only about a quarter of will have actually been diagnosed. There are nearly half a million people in the UK who have the disease without knowing it.
When someone with coeliac disease eats gluten, their immune system reacts by damaging the lining of the small intestine.
Symptoms of coeliac disease can range from mild to severe and may include bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, wind, constipation, tiredness, headaches, mouth ulcers, sudden or unexpected weight loss, hair loss and anaemia.
It is possible to have a gluten intolerance or gluten allergy but not suffer from the auto-immune reaction that is coeliac disease.
WHAT CAN I EAT?
What can I eat on a gluten-free Diet?
Those that are living a gluten free diet can eat plenty of grains including:
- Urd/urid/urad flour.
Grains that need to be checked are Oat. It is possible to get gluten-free oats but they can often be contaminated by other gluten-containing grains during harvesting or storage so always double check.
On the gluten-free diet you can eat any naturally gluten-free foods too, such as:
- fruit and vegetables
- lentils, beans and pulses.
These foods are likely to be gluten-free. However always check the label of packaged goods to identify their gluten-free status
What foods are not gluten-free?
- Barley (including products that contain malted barley such as malted drinks, beers, ales, lagers and stouts)
- Bulgar wheat
- Durum wheat
- Emmer (also known as faro)
- Khorasan wheat (commercially known as Kamut®)
- Pearl barley
NESTLÉ GOFREE CEREALS
Where will I find NESTLÉ GOFREE CEREALS?
You can find our gluten-free cereals in the following supermarkets:
- You will find us in the FreeFrom aisle in Tesco, Asda and Morrisons
- In Sainsbury’s and Waitrose you’ll find us in the main cereal aisle
- You can also find us online at mySupermarket.com or Ocado.com.
(All retail prices and aisle location are at the sole discretion of the retailer.)
Is the NESTLÉ GOFREE range suitable for vegetarians?
Yes, all three products in the range are suitable for vegetarians.
Is the GOFREE range suitable for vegans?
All products are suitable for vegans.
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What are the health and nutritional benefits of Nestlé Gluten Free Corn Flakes?
As well as being a healthy choice for people who want to reduce the amount of gluten in their diet, or have coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance, Gluten Free Corn Flakes are fortified with B-vitamins, folic acid and iron
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I’ve heard a low GI diet can help me lose weight. Is this true?
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