How’s your gut health?

There can be many reasons why you might not feel quite right. One area we know all too well in our family is Coeliac Disease.

It might be you, a family member, or a friend who is struggling with their gut health, so we're here to help you take the first step towards finding answers and making better, happier choices.

Did you know that roughly 1 in 70 Australians have Coeliac Disease, and only around 20% of them know. Coeliac Disease is a big topic, and we’re to help point you in the right direction.

What is ‘Coeliac Disease’?
Coeliac Disease occurs when someone’s immune system reacts to gluten and they are no longer able to absorb nutrients as efficiently, this can also cause discomfort or painful symptoms.

Is ‘Coeliac’ the same as ‘gluten intolerant’?
Sometimes people refer to being ‘gluten intolerant’ or having ‘gluten sensitivity’. While sensitivity or intolerance to gluten can be a sign that someone’s a Coeliac, there are a range of other reasons why they might seem to be reacting to common foods containing gluten. It could be IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), or a FODMAP sensitivity.

You can read more about ‘Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity’ on the Coeliac Australia website.

Why is it important to diagnose?
Unmanaged Coeliac Disease can damage the bowel and cause more serious symptoms, including long-term effects on nutrition absorption, gastrointestinal issues and inflammation.

It can be triggered at any point in life, and while it can’t be cured, you can manage it and stay healthy with a strict Gluten Free diet. We recommend that you consult a medical professional before beginning any change in diet.

You can read more about symptoms on the Coeliac Australia website, and take a quick online self assessment, but you should still see your doctor for a diagnosis.

What foods can’t Coeliacs eat?
Anything with gluten. This can include wheat, barley, rye and oats, as well as products made from gluten or those containing trace elements. Coeliac’s have to be very careful about making sure they don’t eat anything that has been cross-contaminated with gluten, and for that reason many food labels specify whether food has been made in a kitchen or factory that also processes gluten products, the same way they would for allergens such as nuts or dairy.

People can continue to live happily and healthily with their new way of eating - and yes, they can even enjoy treats and indulgences!

Kez’s Kitchen Gluten Free snacking options
Our snack sensations are created to suit all occasions and diets so no one misses out. Our range includes; Gluten Free, Vegan, FODMAP Friendly options and more.

We want everyone to snack better, whether it’s an afternoon tea treat of our famous Gluten Free Lemon Cream Melting Moments or an anytime snack from our range of plant based Protein Brownie Bars that can fuel your needs.

Discover our full range in the Kez's Kitchen Shop.