Gluten Free Diets – An Update
By Dr Mabel Blades, Freelance Dietician and Nutritionist
On 1st January 2012 the rules about making claims as regards which foods are gluten free changed.
A number of people suffer from coeliac disease and while this used to be regarded as a simple food intolerance, it is now regarded as an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues (thus there is a link with Type 1 diabetes). In people with coeliac disease the autoimmune reaction is triggered by gluten, which is the name of the protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Some people with the condition are also sensitive to oats.