Fol­low your gut in­stinct

Marlborough Express - - FRONT PAGE -

Monash Univer­sity’s re­search is show­ing that FODMAPS (types of car­bo­hy­drates), specif­i­cally Oligosac­cha­rides, ap­pear to be the cul­prits of gas­troin­testi­nal up­set and not that of gluten (a pro­tein) re­gard­ing non-coeliac Dis­ease in­di­vid­u­als.

For those who do not have Coeliac Dis­ease stud­ies sug­gest that gluten-free doesn’t mean health­ier, par­tic­u­larly when look­ing at some com­monly used ce­re­als, pas­tas, and bread, which make up a big com­po­nent of the west­ern diet. More re­search still needs to be con­ducted to as­sess the vi­ta­min and min­eral dif­fer­ences of gluten ver­sus gluten-free prod­ucts.

With an in­creas­ing aware­ness of food in­tol­er­ances, food al­ler­gies and Coeliac Dis­ease the ex­treme im­por­tance of their cor­rect di­ag­no­sis and there­fore man­age­ment is be­com­ing clearer.

Un­for­tu­nately, the true im­por­tance of some­thing is of­ten not un­der­stood un­til you are the one liv­ing it. My pas­sion for health and well­be­ing as a di­eti­tian and my pull to­wards my per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences with my daugh­ter’s se­vere food al­ler­gies has shown me the im­por­tance of be­ing your own health­care ad­vo­cate. See your doc­tor and reg­is­tered di­eti­tian for gas­troin­testi­nal con­cerns and don’t be afraid to ask ques­tions and get an­swers.

The bet­ter in­di­vid­u­als know the rea­son for their gas­troin­testi­nal up­sets, the clearer the man­age­ment be­comes and the more se­ri­ous a gluten free diet for those with Coeliac Dis­ease will be­come.

Be your own ad­vo­cate – speak up, ask ques­tions. Con­cerned you might have Coeliac Dis­ease, take a free on­line test at coeliac.org.nz/coeliac-dis­ease/ on­line-as­sess­ment. Coeliac Aware­ness Week runs from June 18 – 24.

Natar­sha Mcewan is a reg­is­tered di­eti­tian and founder of Nu­tri­tion Marl­bor­ough.

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