Archive for June 2017

Coeliac disease, gluten and oats

There is no consistent answer among experts in different countries about whether you can safely eat oats if you have Coeliac disease or gluten intolerance, with some saying it is safe all the time, some saying safe for the majority and others yet saying it needs to be avoided.  Coeliac Australia has a position statement recommending that oats be avoided, so let’s have a look at oats, gluten and why […]

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Gluten-free diet

What is gluten?  Gluten is the name of protein found in some, not all, grains.  The name gluten derives from Latin glutin, for ‘glue’ and this describes that way gluten helps hold dough together so it is able to stretch and hold gas when the dough rises.  Gluten is also used in other foods to help stabilise the food, provide an even texture (e.g. in sauces) and to hold it […]

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Gluten: avoiding kitchen cross-contamination

People who have Coeliac disease have different thresholds of how much gluten they can take before experiencing symptoms.  However, even if they don’t have any symptoms, as little as 50mg gluten (equivalent to 1/100th of a slice of standard wheat bread) can cause damage to their small intestine.  This risk of damage means that it is essential that people with Coeliac Disease don’t come in contact with gluten from any […]

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The dangers of lead

Lead is a potent neurotoxin with no known safe exposure level; there is no way to soften the harsh reality of that. Exposure to even very small amounts in utero and in childhood can cause brain damage in children, leading to loss of function, decreased IQ scores and behavioural problems including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  Children are at greater risk of lead toxicity than adults as they are more likely […]

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Periods are not toxic

A couple of bloggers are touting that your period is your body expelling toxins.  Um, nope. Their answer is to eat a raw vegan diet to make your periods disappear. Um, nope again. This is so incredibly ill-informed and irresponsible. One even goes so far as saying “…the industry has done a great job of brainwashing too many women into thinking that if they do not get their periods on […]

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