Food Technology can be such a fun subject to teach and it’s one many students love just as much. But when one of your cherubs suffers coeliac disease, it can throw some hurdles at you. However, these are not challenges that can’t be overcome! So, this Coeliac Awareness Week, we are looking at the best ways to manage gluten allergies in Food Technology.
It is important we teachers are aware of exactly how coeliac disease affects a sufferer. Coeliac disease is essentially an immune reaction to gluten. When a sufferer consumes gluten products, the villi which line the small bowel can become inflamed and flattened. This can result in nutrients being poorly absorbed by the body and symptoms such as an upset stomach, fatigue, weight loss, anaemia and even skin rashes. Seeing as there is currently no cure for coeliac disease, the only way to prevent this immune reaction is to avoid eating gluten products.