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It’s Coeliac Awareness Week and, with a prevalence of one in 100, coeliac disease is very common in the UK. But many other people may still be struggling with unexplained symptoms.

Coeliac disease (pronounced see-liac) is a serious illness where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues when you eat gluten. This damaged the lining of the gut and means the body can’t properly absorb nutrients from food.

It’s important to say that Coeliac disease is not an allergy or food intolerance. And if a first degree family member (such as mother, father, sister or brother) has the condition then the chances of having it increase to one in ten from one in 100.

Coeliac disease has a wide range of symptoms whichrange from mild to severe and can include bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, wind, constipation, tiredness, mouth ulcers, sudden or unexpected weight loss (but not in all cases), and anaemia.

Once diagnosed, the only treatment for coeliac disease is a gluten free diet. Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye. Some people are also sensitive to oats. Once gluten is removed from the diet, people generally start to feel much better.

We’re pleased that people can shop gluten-free at Easy Bean without compromising on taste.