Just a quick post to let you know that for Coeliac Awareness Week, which is this week, I have produced my second ‘Cook Along With Me’ video. This time I show you how to make my banana muffins or loaf. It is super simple. Play the video and at the start you will be shown what you need to cook the recipe. Gather your things together then press play again and cook along with me! My kids think this recipe is great because I let them have ‘cake’ for breakfast. In actual fact it is a lot more healthy than many of the cereals on the market today!
If you want to look at the written recipe then visit this page.
Since this is Coeliac Awareness Week, and 1 in 100 of us has coeliac disease, I thought I would do my ‘bit’ to help and provide a bit more information about it:
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease whose only treatment is a strict life-long exclusion of gluten from the diet. Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye, and people with coeliac disease must avoid even trace amounts of these grains to ensure they are not made ill.
In the UK it is estimated that 1 in 100 people have coeliac disease, and yet only approx. 10% of people have been diagnosed. There are many long-term consequences of having undiagnosed coeliac disease, such as lymphoma and small bowel cancer, infertility and osteoporosis.
People can experience many symptoms when they have coeliac disease, making it hard to diagnose. A simple blood test can be done, although it is critical that you continue to eat gluten before the test or it will not be reliable. If you have any of the following symptoms then it is worth speaking to your doctor and asking to be tested…
- Severe or occasional diarrhoea, excessive wind and/or constipation
- Persistent or unexplained gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting
- Recurrent stomach pain, cramping or bloating
- Any combination of iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid deficiency
- Tiredness and/or headaches
- Sudden or unexpected weight loss (but not in all cases)
- Mouth ulcers
- Hair loss (alopecia)
- Skin rash (dermatitis herpetiformis)
- Tooth enamel problems
- Liver abnormalities
- Repeated miscarriages
- Joint and/or bone pain
- Neurological (nerve) problems such as ataxia (poor muscle coordination) and neuropathy (numbness and tingling in the hands and feet)
- Amenorrhoea (lack of periods in women)
- Type 1 diabetes
For more information about coeliac disease and the awareness week then visit Coeliac UK’s website…www.coeliac.org.uk.