Gluten-free cakes? Are they baked and packaged in a gluten-free bakery? Without the risk of cross-contamination? These are some of questions that are top of mind for more than 170,000 people in the Netherlands who have been diagnosed with celiac. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease (not to be confused with an allergy) in which even the smallest crumb of gluten can make you very ill.

But what exactly is gluten and why are gluten-free diets so popular these days? I will break it down for you in this blog post.

1 GLUTEN-FREE CAKE PLEASE, MINUS THE TRACES!

In order to be able to enjoy the OKayks cakes without stomach ache, they are baked at a separate, completely gluten-free location. This is done by a baker who himself suffers from celiac disease and is extra strict with the ingredients that enter his bakery.

Celiacis achronic auto-immune disease (not an allergy!) where there is intolerance to gluten. Gluten is a group of proteins found in cereals such as wheat, rye, barley, spelt and kamut. These are widely used in foods such as bread, pasta, flour and you guessed it cake! You will also find gluten in many soups, sauces and spice mixes. as a flavouring, stabiliser or thickener. A diagnosis of celiac disease means that you must follow a strict gluten-free diet for the rest of your life. Every trace of gluten damages the intestine and can make you seriously ill. There are also people who have a sensitivity to wheat and not so much for other gluten.If a person has not been diagnosed with celiac disease or wheat allergy, but responds to a gluten-free diet, he or she may have glutensitivity, also known as non-celiac glutensitivity(NCGs). In case of gastrointestinal complaints linked toIrritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) it can help to follow a low-fodmap dietFODMAP

stands for Fermentation of Oligosaccaharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols. FODMAPs are found in certain types of sugars and carbohydrates. For example, the low-foodmap diet prescribes avoiding lactose, fructose and carbohydrates from wheat, rye and barley to alleviate symptoms.

The difference between a gluten-free and a low-FODMAP dieet are best explained by Janna Koopman fromPSDcoaching.nl .

IS GLUTEN-FREE HEALTHY?

If you do not experience any symptoms when eating gluten, a gluten-free diet is no healthier than a gluten-containing diet. In some cases, it can even be un-healthy If the alternatives to gluten are, for example, processed corn-based gluten-free foods, you get less fibre and there can be a negative impact on the intestinal bacteria.

But where did this hype come from? In recent years, many diets have been developed aimed at energy or hormonal balance. One example is the Paleo-diet aimed at restoring the hormonal balance of the body. There are also diets aimed at restoring the hormone balance. Avoiding gluten (and a number of other foodstuffs) would then bring about more balance in the hormonal balance.
Een aantal van deze diëten hebben een wetenschappelijke grondslag, maar lang niet allemaal.

Do you avoid gluten or do you know someone who has to eat completely gluten-free? Then don;t forget to order a 100%gluten-free cake from OKayks. 100% celiac-safe and to be enjoyed by everyone! You won’t even taste the difference!

Gluten-free slagroomtaart by Okayks