Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Gluten-free range is 'Glorious Fodder' at Alder Carr Farm

For most of us, the hardest food decision we have to make each day is deciding between whether we have pasta or pizza for dinner.  

For the one in every 100 people who suffer from Coeliac disease, however, food choices are a whole lot harder.

With wheat, barley, rye and, for about 5% of people, oats off the menu, following a gluten-free diet can be not just tough, but a potential menu minefield.

This week is Coeliac Awareness Week.  Coeliac disease is an auto-immune system reaction which means that if gluten is ingested, the lining of the small intestine is damaged.  Symptoms can range from bloating, diarrhoea, nausea - even vomiting - as well as anaemia, persistent tiredness and neurological problems.

The only treatment is following a gluten-free diet. It may sound easy in principle, but with many processed foods including at least one of the food no-no's, as a thickener or flavour carrier, being able to be truly gluten free can be difficult and frustrating in practice.

That's the bad news. The good news is, with increased awareness of the condition, there are more and more products available that are truly 'gluten free'.

We're delighted to say that, as of this week, we now have a 'Gluten Free' range of foods in the farm shop. What's even better news is that this range is Suffolk born and bred.

"Glorious Fodder' is the newly launched line by Ipswich-based husband and wife team, Dan and Claire Holland. Using locally-sourced, seasonal produce, everything they make is free from preservatives, artificial flavours and colours.

Come on in and try them for yourselves - rich chocolate brownie, anyone?

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