Do you enjoy having an ANZAC biscuit with a cup of tea after going to your local
Anzac Day service? But you don’t like the cramping and bloating after eating the store bought biscuits? If you enjoy baking, why not try your hand at baking your own, that way you will know what is in them and you won’t feel like you are missing out.

Do you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant/sensitive? Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition, that responds unfavourably to gluten.

Signs and symptoms of Coeliac disease:

  • Bloating, excessive flatulence, constipation, diarrhoea, cramping, abdominal pain.
  • Iron deficiency anaemia/Other nutrient deficiencies
  • Irritability
  • Decreased alertness
  • Easy bruising
  • Bone and joint pain
  • Constant mouth ulcers
  • Fatigue

If you are presenting with any of these symptoms it is best to get a diagnosis from your GP. If a diagnosis is positive for Coeliac disease it is best to speak to a Naturopath or Nutritionist, for guidance on following a lifelong gluten free diet, as well as discussing any Nutritional deficiencies.

Instead of gluten containing flour, an alternative to try is almond meal, or fresh almonds as they can be grinded to a meal. Almonds contain a many different nutrients such as fibre, protein, monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, manganese and magnesium.

Different gluten free flours that someone with Coeliac disease can try: coconut flour, brown rice flour, sorghum, arrowroot (which is used as a thickener), buckwheat (strong nutty taste), which is normally used in combination with other flours, potato starch (also known as potato flour), quinoa flour, tapioca flour. It is best to experiment with these flours as they don’t have the same texture or taste as gluten containing flour.

If you can tolerate gluten, stick to the traditional oats and coconut in your homemade ANZAC biscuits, as oats have many benefits, try using spelt flour instead of a white flour as it is less refined.

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Contributed By: L.B.

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