Follow your gut instinct
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.