Knowledge-is-Power

Knowledge and Understanding in the World of Gluten

This blog brings to the forefront of the mind a matter which many Coeliac’s must think about every time they eat out. How much do chef’s and waiters/waitresses actually know about cross-contamination of gluten and other allergens? The answer is probably – not much! You can’t blame the staff in situations like this, you have the blame the management for failing to understand the implications to the customers who have an allergy. In my recent blog, “No Cookie For You,” I briefly mention how the practice of consciously considering gluten is different than passively knowing facts about gluten consumption and […]

Top Five Gluten Free Pancake Toppings for Shrove Tuesday

Pancakes are a must-have in any household, especially on Shrove Tuesday, the question is what will you have on yours? We’ve put together a top 5 sweet and savoury topping ideas to tickle your taste buds. Sweet Lemon and Sugar – the old classic and a favourite amongst many Strawberries and Cream – what could be nicer than fresh strawberries topped with freshly whipped cream – if strawberries are not your thing then you could always change the fruit for your favourite Maple Syrup and Ice Cream – nothing nicer than ice cream melting over warm pancakes, drizzled with maple […]

What You Need to Know about Coeliac Disease

Have We Been Wrong About Gluten Free Diets?

So you think you’re gluten intolerant? It might go against the grain, but a growing body of research suggests that gluten might not be the cause of your gut problems at all.Researchers at King’s College London, working with leaders in the field at Melbourne’s Monash University, now believe that types of carbohydrates known as Fodmaps are the likely cause of chronic gut pain and other symptoms often attributed to gluten intolerance.Standing for Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols, Fodmaps are types of carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine and researchers now believe are responsible for the stomach pains, bloating, […]