Coeliac Disease & Food Allergy

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with Coeliac Disease or a food allergy, it can feel overwhelming trying to figure out what to and what not to eat. Let our dietitians help you come up with a plan.

Coeliac Disease

If you have coeliac disease, removing gluten from your diet is very important to not only improve any gut symptoms you may be experiencing, but also reduce your risk in the future of damage to your gut, poor health and certain diseases including some types of cancer. Our dietitians can help you learn how to follow a gluten-free diet, including knowing which foods contain gluten, how to read a food label to know whether a food product contains gluten, and how to interpret products that contain gluten but in non-detectable amounts (currently in Australia, a food product is considered safe to eat and ‘gluten-free’ if contains less than 3 particles per million).

If you’ve had Coeliac Disease for a while, our dietitians can review your diet to make sure you are achieving adequate nutrition, troubleshoot any problems and make sure you are up to speed on the current food-labelling laws. If you are following a strict gluten-free diet and still have symptoms our dietitians can help you to identify what other foods may be triggering your symptoms.

If you’ve had Coeliac Disease ruled out but you know that gluten and wheat products don’t work for you, our dietitians can help you manage a gluten-free or wheat-free diet to suit your needs – see our gut conditions page for more details on food intolerances.

If you have a food allergy, our dietitians can help you learn how to interpret food labels and identify allergenic food ingredients, plan a balanced nutritional diet, manage eating out, and troubleshoot any concerns you have.

Food intolerances

Food intolerances and food allergies are terms often used interchangeably. However, a true allergy directly involves the immune system and will result in instant production of histamine and swelling in the area exposed to the food e.g. lips or tongue. Skin prick tests can identify an allergic response to common food allergens like nuts, seafood, eggs, milk, soy etc. Food intolerances on the other hand, may indirectly stimulate the immune system and result in a symptom days after it is eaten. A food intolerance can not be detected by a skin prick test. Your Doctor can organise Skin Prick Testing at an Allergy Clinic – we DON’T offer skin prick tests at Newtown Nutrition.

Currently there are not any reliable blood test for food intolerances and an elimination diet is needed to identify troublesome foods- see our food intolerances page for more details.

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Our dietitians who can support your condition:

Sarah Ewels

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