Difference between Gluten intolerance and Coeliac

Date Posted:9 June 2023 

coeliac vs gluten free

Those who are Gluten intolerant have usually discovered a link between gastrointestinal symptoms and forms of dietary gluten but a precise diagnosis is unclear. The tolerance for gluten-containing foods varies for this group compared to a medically diagnosed condition such as coeliac. 

Coleliac's disease is an autoimmune disease that affects the gut lining and is worsened by the consumption of gluten-containing grains such as wheat, rye, barley, and oats. Whilst the symptoms are varied' they include constipation or diarrhea, gas or bloating, and pale stools.  A genetic predisposition has been discovered, however, the vast majority of coeliacs remain undiagnosed.  

One of the complications of Coeliac disease is nutrient malabsorption and for this reason, a strict gluten-free diet is recommended when the condition has been diagnosed. There are many healthy gluten-free options for those diagnosed as Coeliac and one of the most common questions asked is "Can we eat oats ?"  Oats contain avenin which is harmful to people diagnosed with coeliac. There is however a range of gluten-free cereals including gluten-free porridge so you don't have to completely miss out. 

The range of gluten-free foods has expanded enormously over the past decade and now you can find most things in a form that is free from gluten. Consuming whole foods is the best way to reduce exposure to contamination in the food chain and not surprisingly the Mediterranean and Asian diets are amongst the favorites of those diagnosed. 

At Sunnybrook, we specialize in Gluten Free Diets by sourcing quality local and imported ingredients. Whether you are gluten intolerant or diagnosed with celiac' our store is a great place to discover just what you can eat on a gluten-free diet. 

Our staff is qualified health care professionals specializing in nutrition with a huge range for those on a "free from" diet. See just some of our gluten-free products for coeliacs here