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So, you have just received your test results from Allergy Test Australia and you have discovered that you are intolerant to gluten?  No dramas, we are here to help!  This article will help you on your way to living a gluten free life in Australia due to a wheat intolerance!

Gluten is a family of proteins found in grains like wheat, rye, spelt and barleyGluten naturally occurs in grains, and the harmful versions are found in wheat, barley and rye (and possibly oats). In some people, gluten can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms after it’s eaten such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea, bloating, excessive wind, tiredness, poor concentration and general aches and pains.

Gluten can also be added to foods so WATCH OUT, either in an obvious or in a “hidden” manner.  It is impossible to learn every word you might ever come across on a label. You can, however, find a list of unsafe items for a gluten-free diet on the following link:

https://www.celiac.com/articles/182/1/Unsafe-Gluten-Free-Food-List-Unsafe-Ingredients/Page1.html

The most common foods to avoid are:

  • Flour
  • Bread (Buns for your Barbie)
  • Baked Goods
  • Cereals
  • Pasta
  • Processed foods
  • Takeaway foods
  • Beer
  • Seasonings, sauces and stock cubes

Gluten and Wheat Free Foods

In Australia, products containing any ingredient derived from wheat, rye, barley or oats must be declared on the ingredients panel. Avoid products with statements such as ‘may contain gluten’ because they can be cross-contaminated with gluten.

Your State ‘Coeliac Australia Association’ can help you learn these skills and provide resources to help you follow a gluten-free diet, such as a restaurant finder!  Follow the link below to their website:

https://www.coeliac.org.au/

All of us here at Allergy Test Australia love the Gluten Free Range that is available at both Woolies and Coles!  We have provided the links below for you to have a Captain Cook!

Woolworths:

https://www.woolworths.com.au/shop/discover/our-brands/free-from?cvosrc=ppc.google.%2Bgluten%20%2Bfree&cvo_campaign=&cvo_crid=231210339742&Matchtype=b&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI25qH7vO71wIVB0AbCh020AsiEAAYASAAEgKaz_D_BwE

Coles:

https://www.coles.com.au/our-range/for-special-diets/gluten-free

We hope that this has helped you on your way to living a hassle-free Gluten Free Life.

Hooroo from all at Allergy Test Australia!