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Why Gluten Free?

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WHAT IS GLUTEN?
The term ‘gluten’ refers to proteins found in wheat, barley and rye. The common misconception lies in the belief that gluten is equivalent to wheat. While gluten is found in wheat, it is also found in other widely-used grains. Hence ‘wheat-free’ labelled food products may contain traces of gluten.

Most Common
Food Sources
Wheat
  • Breads
  • Cereals
  • Pasta
  • Sauces
  • Salad Dressings
Barley
  • Beer
  • Food Colouring
  • Malt / Malt Vinegar
  • Soups
Rye
  • Cereals
  • Breads
  • Rye Beer

While experts agree that pure oats are gluten-free, oats may be contaminated during harvest, storage or other processing stages as they are often processes in other facilities that also process wheat, barley and rye.

COELIAC DISEASE (GLUTEN INTOLERANCE)

Coeliac Disease is a genetic autoimmune and digestive disorder that damages the lining of the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from consumed food. It is triggered by the consumption of gluten found in wheat, rye and barley products.

Patients suffering from the disease are unable to digest the protein gluten. When these individuals consume gluten products, their immune system forms antibodies to gluten which attacks the lining of the intestines. As such, this causes intestinal inflammation and damages the villi. When the villi is damaged, one’s body is unable to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream. This potentially leads to malnourishment and other long-term health problems.

Most Common Nutrient Deficiencies – Iron, Calcium, Vitamin D, Zinc
Some Symptoms Of Coeliac Disease:
  1. Digestive problems such as chronic diarrhoea and weight loss
  2. Iron deficiency anaemia
  3. Dermatitis herpetiformis
  4. Fatigue

TREATMENT – A GLUTEN-FREE DIET

As Coeliac Disease is a chronic autoimmune disease, the only available treatment is to embark on a gluten-free diet. For most individuals, adhering to a gluten-free diet will stop symptoms associated with Coeliac Disease. Additionally, the healing of the small intestine will begin within weeks of the new diet and often completely heals within 6 to 18 months (dependant on a case-by-case basis).

A gluten-free diet requires avoiding all foods that contain wheat, barley, rye and other grains containing gluten. Hence, this means eliminating many food products from one’s daily diet. Despite these restrictions, fresh food products such as poultry, fruits and vegetables do not contain gluten and need not be avoided. However, successfully identifying gluten food sources are key to approaching the new diet.

 

**All information provided by Ryan’s Grocery is for informational purposes only. The provided information is not intended to provide or substitute medical advice. We recommend you to consult professional medical advisors before embarking on any dietary changes.**

 

Sources

  1. http://www.livescience.com/39726-what-is-gluten.html
  2. http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/glutenfreefoodshoppin1/f/Wheat-Free-Vs-Gluten-Free.htm
  3. http://celiac.org/live-gluten-free/glutenfreediet/what-is-gluten/
  4. http://www.celiac.com/categories/Celiac–Disease–and–Oats..–Are–They–Gluten-Free…-c-3385
  5. http://celiac.org/celiac-disease/what-is-celiac-disease/
  6. http://www.celiaccentral.org/Celiac-Disease/21/
  7. http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/archives/faq/what-common-nutrient-deficiencies-might-an-adult-experience-prior-to-diagnosis
  8. http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/living-with-celiac/guide/treatment

About Ryan’s Grocery

Ryan’s Grocery is Singapore’s only full-service organic butchery and allergen-friendly specialist online grocery store. The company’s journey began in July 2015 when founders Sebastian and Wendy Chia learnt of their son’s – Ryan – intolerance to gluten, dairy, nuts, soy, egg, and yeast. They searched local markets for products and produce, and even made personal trips internationally to look for a range of dietary items to support his needs.

It was then they saw a demand for such a specialty grocery store and Ryan’s Grocery was born. Ryan’s Grocery now services the local community, discerning shoppers and those with dietary intolerances with an all-inclusive range of organic meats from our specialty butchery, gluten-free products, and other related items with grocery delivery options.

In December 2019, the brand launched its first overseas flagship store in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Its flagship outlet in Singapore with ‘Ryan’s Grocery’ and ‘Ryan’s Kitchen’ opened in Great World in December 2020, spanning a total of 4,200 sq ft. In 2022, Ryan’s Grocery was awarded “Gourmet Retailer of the Year” and “Best Meat & Seafood Retailer” in Singapore by World Gourmet Summit & Tatler Asia respectively.

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