Coeliac disease is a condition where one is not able to consume gluten, as it will cause damage to the lining of the intestines, which results in poor absorption of many nutrients. On a symptomatic level, if consumed, it can cause a variety of symptoms including pain, nausea, bloating, diarrhea, wind and constipation. Chronic consumption of gluten can result in depleted iron stores, and increased risk of developing osteoporosis.
For most Coeliac’s, these symptoms disappear and health returns to normal when following a strict gluten free diet for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, some people still find themselves getting the aforementioned symptoms, and find them asking themselves, ‘I’m gluten free, but not symptom free? Why?’
Research shows that for many of these people, following a low FODMAP diet may help improve these symptoms, both in people with Coeliac Disease and without. Yes, it may seem like a real pain to have to further restrict the diet, however in this instance, it is not forever. The low FODMAP diet should not be followed strictly in the long term. Instead, it is important to work out with your dietitian what your tolerance levels are of each FODMAP group, and then modify your diet accordingly for the best symptom relief.
If you are gluten free, but not symptom free, we would love to hear from you!
Chloe McLeod is a dietitian at BJC Health.
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