Tag Archives: allergies

Dairy deception

When it comes to eliminating dairy, some products are a no-brainer. Cheese, yoghurt, ice-cream and cow’s milk all become glorious memories from days of yore. But you may be surprised to learn that dairy derivatives including casein, butter fat or whey have been added to many of the foods you love. Sneaky, we know. For those who are lactose intolerant (rather than severely allergic) the amount added is usually slight enough to stomach. However, when it comes to eating well knowledge is power– so here’s a list of foods unexpected foods that often contain hidden dairy.

–          Prepared bread crumbs

–          Processed sandwich breads (both white and wheat)

–          Crackers

–          Granola

–          Deli meats such as ham or turkey

–          Protein bars

–          Margarine

–          Breath mints and chewing gum

–          Peanut butter

Dairy is excellent at disguising itself, much like a ninja or carmeleon.

Now, we would never suggest that you should painstakingly fret over every little thing you eat. You’ve got to live after all! What we DO believe that when going dairy-free it pays to be alert and always keep a careful eye on the ingredients listed on the nutritional panels.

Emma

 

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Thank you Coles!

There are good things in life, and then there are GREAT things that follow. We think that Coles has a great thing going on as they team up with Coeliac Australia. Here at IngrediEAT, we believe that everybody should be treated the same, food allergy or no food allergy, which is why we completely support Cole’s member discount card.

Every month, Coles will post up discounts on certain gluten-free products. Registration takes less than a minute and every month the offers shall change so you will never get bored of the gluten-free goodness Coles has to offer!

To claim your card, click here http://www.coeliac.org.au/resources/coles.html.

Enjoy!

Anna

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Trick or treat

When I was ten I lived in Saskatchewan, Canada for around six months. One of the main things I noticed (other than the freezing weather and lack of avocados) was that Halloween is a much bigger deal over there than it is here. I’m talking decorated houses, elaborate costumes and lots of different types of chocolate for trick or treaters to choose from. It’s a bit of a shame that it isn’t the case here, considering Halloween is only two weeks away and can be a very exciting occasion. Regardless of where you are in the world, one thing immediately comes to mind when Halloween is mentioned- candy! Unfortunately, sweets are a bit of an area of precaution for those with gluten allergies. The good news is, we’ve rounded up a range of delicious gluten free treats for you to munch on the most terrifying day of the year.

Caramel corn popcorn

Caramel candy apples

Meringue Ghosts

Pumpkin seed brittle

Pumpkin pie

Orange chocolate coconut clusters

Candy corn popcorn balls

So get into the festive spirit by whipping up these desserts to serve to at your Halloween party, hand out to trick or treaters or polish off by yourself.

Emma

Coeliacbrities

Celebrities- they’re just like us! Minus the private jets, personal chefs, perfume endorsements, ability to actually find something when they Google themselves…. Okay, maybe the rich, famous and beautiful aren’t on the exact same page as us, but if there’s one thing privilege can’t buy it’s resilience to illness. Even shiny-haired starlets, Hollywood leading men and Oscar winners fall victim to conditions like Coeliac disease. Here are some of high profile names who have been diagnosed with Coeliac disease:

Zooey Deschanel

Danni Minogue

Emmy Rossum

Chelsea Clinton

And then we have the gluten intolerant:

Billy Bob Thornton

Juliette Lewis

Rachel Weisz

And those who follow a gluten free diet for the hell of it:

Jennifer Aniston

Gwyneth Paltrow

Victoria Beckham

Admittedly, these gluten free A-listers usually have a team of chefs, dieticians and nutritionists on hand to attend to their dietary needs.  But we believe that having a healthy, balanced diet all comes down to being ingredient savvy- whether you have Coeliac disease, gluten intolerant or are trying to cut down on wheat for weight loss reasons!

Emma

Do I have a gluten allergy?

Once you have been diagnosed with Coeliac disease or gluten intolerance, it’s fairly easy to create a plan of action (especially with blogs like ingrediEAT helping you along the way!) Often, the tricky part is actually realising that the reaction you are having to wheat is not normal. In severe cases, the presence of an allergy may be quite obvious but when symptoms are more subtle and varied it can be difficult to identify the issue. Here is a list of symptoms commonly associated with Coeliac disease or gluten intolerance:

  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Nutritional deficiencies due to malabsorption e.g. low iron levels
  • Gastro-intestinal problems (bloating, pain, gas, constipation, diarrhea)
  • Fat in the stools (due to poor digestion)
  • Aching joints
  • Depression
  • Eczema
  • Head aches
  • Exhaustion
  • Irritability and behavioural changes
  • Infertility, irregular menstrual cycle and miscarriage
  • Cramps, tingling and numbness
  • Decline in dental health

If you have encountered any of these issues, it may be worth paying a visit to your GP for a checkup! Once the doc gets to the bottom of it, you’ll be able to carry on with life- symptom free, stress free and hassle free. Keep your eyes peeled for our next post on spotting lactose allergies.

Emma

Source: http://www.glutenfreediet.net.au/symptoms-of-gluten-intolerance/

Product of the week

There is a myth that Gluten-Free products do not taste good as the “Real thing” (what constitutes the “Real Thing” anyway!?) I have therefore attempted to have a week of eating gluten-free products myself. It cost me a bit more out of my pocket but I have definitely discovered some amazing products. One I would like to showcase is Three Bean’s Gluten-Free choc mud cookie.

Where? These bad boys are found across most Three Bean’s cafes across Sydney. One cafe that definitely stocks them is the one next to Mamak on Eat Street in Chatswood.

Price? $3.80. Sure they are a little pricey for a cookie, but these are oh so worth it.

Taste? This cookie literally melts in your mouth (maybe because it is made probably of 70% dark chocolate). It is rich but light at the same time as it crumbles in your mouth. I don’t know if it is just me but I find they have a subtle mint texture to them as well.

Why are you still reading this? Go out and try one for yourself right now!

Anna

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