According to Coeliac Australia, approximately one in 70 Australians are affected by coeliac disease , a significant medical condition that can cause serious problems if it not diagnosed and treated. Coeliac disease is now four times more common in Australia than it was five decades ago. Recent research has also found that around 2.4 million Australians, or 10 per cent of the population, are following a gluten-free diet.
The term ‘food intolerance’ is becoming more widely known. The blanket term, covering intolerances and allergies is ‘food hypersensitivity’, and although some of the symptoms may be similar, food intolerances and allergies are not the same.
Coeliac Disease (CD) is one of the most widely known food intolerances. While it has some features of a food allergy, the symptoms are mostly gastrointestinal.
If you have a food intolerance, you are able to eat small amounts of the offending food without trouble. Should you overdo it, gastro-intestinal symptoms may not occur for a day or so but can last for hours or possibly even days.
In a person with coeliac disease, the lining of the small intestine is damaged by gluten, which is a protein in wheat, rye, barley, triticale (a hybrid of rye and wheat) and oats. It also causes inflammation in other parts of the body. Therefore, people following a coeliac diet tend to avoid products containing wheat, barley or rye. To some this may seem like they must cut almost everything from their diet.
Coeliac Australia is an organisation whose mandate is to ‘enhance the life of people requiring a gluten-free diet for life and to encourage and support research towards a cure’.
On the Coeliac Australia website, they delve in to detail about what it’s like being initially diagnosed with CD, and the emotional battle patients go through, before they undertake the change in their life. They advise those who are newly diagnosed it is not unusual for them to focus on what they can’t eat, but as they learn more about CD and how they can live a gluten-free life, this will change.
They provide CD sufferers with a range of support and information services to make living with coeliac disease easier, along with raising awareness amongst the medical profession, as well as the food and hospitality industry so those with CD will have wider options.
Coeliac Australia also has an endorsement program which helps people shop gluten free products with confidence. Products which use the Coeliac Australia Endorsement Logo are gluten free, subject to laboratory testing every 12 months, independently approved and support those following a gluten free diet.
Bakers Maison Gluten-free Range
We are now proud to announce the launch of our gluten-free range that meets the high standards required to be certified by Coeliac Australia. Our Coeliac-certified gluten-free range of products include:
- White Bread Loaf (Large & Small)
- Multigrain Loaf (Large & Small)
- Sourdough Loaf
- White Rolls
- White Chia Loaf
Stay tuned for more exciting products in our Gluten Free range!