GLUTEN FREE DIETS
Are you struggling with providing
a gluten free diet? Do any of your residents request a 'low gluten diet' when they do not have a diagnosis
of Coeliac Disease?
A gluten free diet for Coeliac Disease must be 100% strict 100% of the
time- no exceptions. It is essential that all staff involved in providing any food for individuals with
Coeliac Disease are familiar with this guideline and that residents are provided with suitable items at
all times. Careful attention must be made to cross contamination as even 1 stray breadcrumb can cause
damage to the gut of a person with Coeliac Disease.
Australia have a number of great resources for the gluten free diet:
Nestle have also produced a toolkit
for food service providers regarding the key elements in catering gluten free.
It can be
very confusing when a resident states that they can have a small amount of gluten. They generally do not
have Coeliac Disease. They may in fact have irritable bowel syndrome and find some relief from less wheat
based products in their diet. Refer to your dietitian for advice whenever you are unsure.