Hands up if you find it difficult knowing which foods to buy if you have a food allergy or food intolerance. If you’re sticking to a gluten-free, wheat-free and lactose-free diet, you’re in luck with Schär’s wonderful range of bread, cakes and pastries.
You may have spotted Schär products in my last post about going gluten-free in Croatia and Slovenia and fortunately, their range (which is Europe’s No.1 brand for gluten-free) is available in most UK supermarkets. My review of fellow gluten-free advocate Novak Djokovic’s book, Serve to Win can be read here.
Many foods are off-limits on a gluten-free diet (my own journey with food intolerances has been interesting. Keep reading my blog for a post all about that VERY soon!) and Schär’s aim is to offer tasty gluten-free alternatives.
Coeliac disease vs gluten intolerance
Coeliac disease is a serious autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack itself whenever gluten is consumed. The body’s inability to correctly absorb nutrients from food causes damage to the lining of the gut. The only treatment is to stick to a lifelong gluten-free diet.
Symptoms of a non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) can include abdominal pain, bloating, cramps, lethargy and skin problems. Many people with a gluten intolerance therefore prefer to avoid gluten altogether.
Dr Daniel Kalish, D.C. even believes there’s a strong link between gluten sensitivity and female hormones. He said: “A strong relationship has been established in medical literature between gluten sensitivity and the hormones progesterone and estrogen. Additionally, most of my patients with gluten sensitivity have an adrenal hormone imbalance, and this becomes exacerbated for patients during menopause.”
Just a fad?
In a word, no. And yet, due to an appalling lack of awareness and understanding, this is what millions of people suffering from coeliac disease and gluten intolerance have to listen to on a regular basis.
In recent consumer research conducted by Schär involving 500 adults in the UK with coeliac disease and gluten intolerance, 48% of them said they had been accused of following a ‘fad diet’ and 61% had been criticised because of their diet, with no regard to the consequences of consuming a small amount of gluten.
Almost 7 in 10 (69%) said they found following a gluten-free diet challenging, with 46% left feeling frustrated. Shockingly, 54% confessed to eating foods containing gluten in the hope they could get away with ‘just a little bit’, only to face unpleasant consequences afterwards.
What to do if you think you might have coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance
Before removing gluten from your diet, I advise you to make a list of your symptoms and visit your GP for further tests if you think you might be suffering from coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance.
Here’s what Schär has to offer…
Schär Wholesome Vitality Loaf, Asda and Tesco, £2.60
Schär Seeded Ciabatta, Asda and Tesco, £2
Schär Salti Crackers, Tesco, £1.99
Schär White Baguette, Sainsbury’s, £3
Schär Panini Rolls, Morrisons and Tesco, £1.99
These products were gifted to me by Schär but this does not influence my opinion.
Disclaimer: Although I am highly interested in healthcare, herbal remedies and nutrition, I am not a trained doctor or nutritionist. Please consult your doctor for further help and advice.