Wheat Allergy vs Celiac Disease
Wheat and gluten allergies are actually two different things, despite what many people think. In fact, there is not such thing as a gluten allergy. If someone has any sort of reaction to gluten, it’s because they have Celiac Disease. Celiac Disease is when a person who eats any gluten has an immune reaction in their small intestine, that can damage the small intestine lining over time. It also prevents some nutrients from getting absorbed.
Celiac Disease does share some of the same symptoms as a wheat allergy, such as vomiting, diarrhea, skin rashes, headaches and fatigue, however it is a different ball game altogether.
A wheat allergy runs the risk of anaphylaxis and asthma as potentially fatal reactions. While a wheat allergy is most common in kids between the ages 2-5, and most grow out of it, some carry it with them into adulthood. It’s important to know what foods your child can and can’t eat, and what easy and tasty food for children with allergies you can put in their lunchbox so they don’t feel any different than the other kids in their class.
Foods that contain wheat
- Breakfast cereals.
- Most baked goods including bread, cake, donuts, crackers, cookies.
- Pasta and rice made from wheat.
- Sauces and gravies.
- Meat substitutes.
- Vegetable gum.
- Cheese spread and dips.
- Most ready meals.
Always check the label of anything you buy. There are a number of foods that use alternatives to wheat, such as chickpea flour or corn-based flour. With more people going vegan, it’s easy to find gluten-free products that are suitable for wheat allergies.
Here are some easy wheat-free lunch box recipes.
- Cranberry oatcakes.
- Gluten-free pancakes.
- Gluten-free chilli cornbread.
- Ginger cookie sandwiches with lemon mascarpone.
- Crisp orange shortbread.
- Asian fishcakes.
- Ham and egg loaded potato skins.
- Quick chili.
- Fajita chicken roll-ups.
- Veggie spring rolls.
- Sweet potato sliders with homemade ketchup.
- Pizza twist.
- California rice paper rolls.
- Chicken nuggets.
- Almond butter energy bars.
- Cheese biscuits.
- Vanilla shortbread.
- Cheese scones.
- Cheesy potato waffles.
- Baked kale chips.
- Chunky tomato salsa.
It’s easy to keep your child away from wheat while still ensuring they eat a tasty, balanced diet! It just takes some creativity, but anyone can be creative in the kitchen. Happy cooking!