Gluten Free

Coeliac Disease

Gluten

A gluten-free diet is the only medical treatment for coeliac disease. Not having gluten in your diet enables your gut to heal and your symptoms to improve. Gluten is protein found in foods. Example,
  • Wheat (including spelt)
  • Rye
  • Barley
  • Oats (read our position statement on oats) are four groups of food that are suitable for those on a gluten free diet:
What can I eat
    • Naturally gluten free foods
      For example: Fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh meats, eggs, nuts and legumes, milk, fats and oils and gluten free grains e.g. rice and corn.
    • Products labelled ‘gluten free’
      You can be confident that products labelled ‘gluten free’ contain no detectable gluten.
    • Products that use the ‘Crossed Grain Logo’
      Products displaying the Crossed Grain Logo are endorsed by Coeliac Australia and are tested to be suitable for people with coeliac disease.
    • Products that are gluten free by ingredient
      If any ingredient in a product is derived from wheat, rye, barley or oats, then this must be declared on the ingredients panel. It is also important to avoid cross contamination by avoiding products with statements such as ‘may contain gluten’.


What and What not to eat when Gluten Free

A gluten-free diet is used to treat celiac disease. Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines of people with celiac disease. Eating a gluten-free diet helps people with celiac disease control their signs and symptoms and prevent complications.




Many healthy and delicious foods are naturally gluten-free:

  • Beans, seeds, nuts in their natural, unprocessed form
  • Fresh eggs
  • Fresh meats, fish and poultry (not breaded, batter-coated or marinated)
  • Fruits and vegetables
Most dairy productsIt's important to make sure that they are not processed or mixed with gluten-containing grains, additives or preservatives. Many grains and starches can be part of a gluten-free diet:
    • Amaranth
    • Arrowroot
    • Buckwheat
    • Corn and cornmeal
    • Flax
    • Gluten-free flours (rice, soy, corn, potato, bean)
    • Hominy (corn)
    • Millet
    • Quinoa
    • Rice
    • Sorghum
    • Soy
    • Tapioca
    • Teff


What Gluten-Free Really Means

"Recipe 4 You." Peanut Butter Cookies. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2013. <http://www.4ingredients.com.au/recipe/peanut-butter-cookies>.

"The Gluten Free Diet." Eating Gluten Free. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2013. <http://www.coeliac.org.au/gluten-free/>.


Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

4 ingredients


Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250g) crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup (220g) brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 egg


Step 1. Preheat Oven to 180°c


Step 2. Get your cup of crunchy peanut butter and beat it until all the peanut butter is smooth


Step 3. Pour all your ingredients into a large bowl.


Step 4. Mix until every ingredient is mixed


Step 5. Spoon small tablespoon sized balls onto 2 linked baking trays


Step 6. Slightly Flatten with a fork, crisscross style.


Step 7. Bake for 8 minutes, or until a thin crust has formed on the cookie.