As global awareness rapidly grows, the increasing number of people diagnosed with food allergies such as coeliac disease, diabetes and lactose intolerance increase daily.
In Australia alone, 1 in 100 people suffer from coeliac disease and about 75% of those people go undiagnosed. Coeliac disease is an auto-immune disease which is triggered by gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. Caused by a person’s genetic make-up, a person remains gluten sensitive throughout their life.
Symptoms: fatigue, weakness, lethargy, anemia, diarrhoea, flatulence, abdominal distention, camping and bloating, nausea, vomiting and weight loss.
Around 1.7 million Australians suffer from diabetes. This complex disease is the result of a person’s body lacking insulin production. Insulin is the hormone that is essential for converting glucose or sugar into energy and without insulin, the glucose remains in the blood, resulting in high blood glucose levels. Diabetes is diagnosed at type 1 or more commonly type 2. Up to 60% of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented. Eating a healthier diet and increasing physical activity are the aids to preventing diabetes and other health risks.
Lactose intolerance is a result of in the inability to digest lactose in the small intestine. Lactose is digested by an enzyme called lactase and this level of lactase enzyme can vary between individuals. Dairy products made from milk, including yoghurt, ice cream, soft cheeses and butter should be voided.