This is a very good question! Many people don’t realise that there is a very big difference between having coeliac disease and suffering from gluten intolerance. There are of course some similarities too and this is where the confusion stems from…
Let’s dive right in and compare!
What are they triggered by?
Grains such as Wheat, barley and Rye all contain types of protein that are referred to as Gluten. It is these proteins that trigger symptoms and reactions for both people with a sensitivity to gluten and of course coeliac disease.
These grains can be found foods such as:
● Cakes & Biscuits
● Pastries & Pies
● Sauces & Gravies
What are the symptoms for Coeliac Disease and Gluten Intolerance?
The symptoms for Coeliac disease and a gluten intolerance can vary from person to person. However the range of symptoms that are possible are coherent across both diagnoses.
Symptoms of both Coeliac disease and an intolerance to gluten are:
● Abdominal pains
● Diarrhea or Constipation
● The struggle to think clearly
● Numbness in your limbs
● Joint and muscle pain
● Iron deficiency
● Unexplained weight loss
● Skin problems
● Feeling overly tired
Sufferers of a gluten intolerance or Coeliac disease can have any combination of these symptoms which can also vary in degree.
What is the big difference between Coeliac disease and Gluten Intolerance?
So what is the difference? So far everything points to the two diagnoses being the same and this is why it can be a struggle to identify which one someone is suffering from. However the big difference is the impact the reactions have on your body. Where a person with a gluten intolerance will suffer from any of the above symptoms on a short term basis, someone with Coeliac disease will incur long term consequences. When a person with Coeliac disease ingests gluten, their immune system will fight against the protein and ultimately damage the lining of the small intestine which results in an inability to absorb important nutrients effectively, which in turn can cause chronic illnesses.
This is why it is so important for people with either diagnosis to adopt a gluten free diet, as this is the only proven method to help aid the varying sensitivities to gluten.
Here at The Gluten Free Kitchen, we are a free from gluten environment to ensure that all of our products are suitable for all with any form of gluten intolerance, to eat happily knowing they won’t have to face any of the nasty consequences that ingesting gluten leads to.
We are trying to make your life that little bit easier by producing all kinds of gluten free foods that aren’t as easy to come across. Take a look at the different things we offer over at our online shop.
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