Gluten Free Healthy Eating Books

Coeliac disease
Coeliac disease is not an allergy or simple food intolerance it is a disorder of the intestines. The condition is caused by sensitivity to the protein gluten found in the cereals wheat, rye and barley. A few people are also sensitive to oats.

Hundreds of everyday foods contain gluten: bread, cakes, biscuits and pasta, sausages bound with breadcrumbs, food covered in batter as well as soups and stews. Avoiding such foods along with most breakfast cereals is vital that’s why books on gluten free healthy eating are helpful.

The average incidence in the UK is said to be one in 100 people and men and women seem to be affected equally. The condition tends to run in families and was once associated with young children however it has now become more common in adults with the average age about 45 years old.

In coeliac disease, eating gluten causes the lining of the gut (small bowel) to become damaged. Not all effects of coeliac disease are related to the gut.

The symptoms of coeliac disease vary from person to person and can range from very mild to severe. The inflammation in the lining of the gut stops food from being properly absorbed therefore nutrients are not absorbed causing a variety of symptoms to occur.

Poor absorption of food may also cause vitamin and iron deficiency with common symptoms such as anaemia, mouth ulcers and itchy skin developing.

Possible symptoms include

  1. Bloating, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhoea, excessive wind, heartburn, indigestion, constipation
  2. any combination of iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid deficiency
  3. tiredness, headaches
  4. weight loss (but not in all cases)
  5. recurrent mouth ulcers
  6. hair loss (alopecia)
  7. skin rash (dermatitis herpetiformis- 'DH')
  8. defective tooth enamel
  9. osteoporosis
  10. depression
  11. infertility
  12. recurrent miscarriages
  13. joint or bone pain
  14. Neurological (nerve) problems such as ataxia (poor muscle co-ordination) and neuropathy (numbness and tingling in the hands and feet).

Coeliac societies
Coeliac societies in Britain and around the world regularly produce updated lists of gluten free manufactured foods as well as recipe ideas.  Coeliac UK is a national charity that supports coeliacs and other patients whose quality of life can be improved by following a gluten-free diet.

There's no cure for coeliac disease, but it can be controlled by following a gluten-free diet for life. The symptoms then usually go within a few weeks. Recipe books and gluten-free foods are readily available

People with coeliac disease need to follow a gluten free diet which may at first seem quite daunting but specially produced gluten-free foods have helped along with the many gluten free recipe books to buy.

Following a healthy eating gluten-free diet for life is also made easier today with detailed food labelling and gluten free versions of staple foods like bread and pasta.

Healthy Gluten-free Eating: In Association with Coeliac UK (Healthy Eating) (Paperback - 2 Jul 2009) by Darina Allen (Author), Rosemary Kearney (Author)

This new Healthy Gluten-free Eating book is packed with mouth-watering gluten free dishes including some usually containing gluten. Thanks to the culinary experience of Darina Allen gluten free recipes found in this healthy recipe book are exciting and tempting with recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, soups and salads as well as breads and cakes.

Another new gluten-free recipe books full of excellent meal ideas and recipes is:

The Everyday Wheat-free and Gluten-free Cookbook (Paperback)
by Michelle Berriedale-Johnson (Author) . This recipe book offers 200 recipes using special gluten-free flours, breads and pasta now available on the market, many of which coeliacs can obtain on a doctor's prescription.

Seriously Good! Gluten-free Cooking: In Association with Coeliac UK by Phil Vickery is available from May 2009. Michelin-starred chef, Phil Vickery has combined forces with the UK’s most prominent charity to bring sumptuous dishes that are entirely free from gluten.

You will find huge recipe ideas, outdoors eating, snacks and entertaining tips. This new healthy eating book is also suitable for those with food intolerances and for those going on a wheat free diet to lose weight.

This Gluten-free recipe book is also real eye opener, full of advice on the hidden gluten found in everyday store cupboard essentials such as soya sauce and stock cubes.

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