Why wheat and gluten free?

For some, the ingestion of wheat can result in a feeling of discomfort, bloating, flatulence, acid reflux or even lethargy after eating. These can all be symptoms of gluten intolerance or sensitivity.
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What is gluten?

Gluten is the main protein in wheat and the origin of its name perhaps suggests why it can cause such distress: The word ‘gluten’ is derived from the Latin word for ‘glue’. Its role in bread is to give the elastic stretch to the dough that traps in air to give bread its characteristic open, chew texture.

What is coeliac disease?

Coeliac disease is a condition affecting the small bowel, characterized by a permanent immune reaction to ingested gluten. If left untreated it can lead to damage to the lining of the small intestine causing malabsorption of nutrients and resulting in the development of anaemia, osteoporosis and other medical conditions such as chronic joint pain and arthritis. Coeliac disease can develop at any age and even in those who have consumed gluten containing foods for most of their lives. The only effective treatment is the complete avoidance of wheat and gluten containing foods.

Today the condition is being increasingly diagnosed and while statistics would indicate an incidence of 1 in 100, coeliac disease appears to be even more common in those of Irish descent.

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Helen’s products (excluding the Golden Linseed Crunch and Linseed Crunch with Cranberry and Almond) are all Coeliac UK Crossed Grain approved.

Do I have to be gluten intolerant to enjoy Helen’s products?

I really believe that you don’t have to be diagnosed as a coeliac to benefit from a wheat and gluten free diet. The great taste and texture of my products means everyone in the family can enjoy eating without wheat and gluten. Helen