It’s #CoeliacAwarenessWeek (running 8th – 14th May 2017)
Coeliac (pronounced Cee-Lee-Ack) Disease is a common digestive and auto-immune condition, caused by an adverse reaction to gluten (a type of protein found in cereals such as barley, rye and wheat).
Gluten is found in every day products like bread, cereal and pasta, but it’s regularly used as an ingredient in a whole host of food and drink products. Often used to ‘coat’ or thicken products, items including sauces, snacks (including crisps!), frozen potato products, soups can sometimes contain gluten.
Living with Coeliac Disease can be challenging, especially when on the go or eating out with friends. Coeliac Awareness Week (running 8th – 14th May 2017) raises awareness about Coeliac Disease and this years focus is all about eating out or grabbing something quick on the move.
It’s important that people understand about catering for those with Coeliac Disease, and here at Yumsh Snacks, we couldn’t agree more (we even have two Coeliacs here at Yumsh Snacks!)
That’s why Yumsh Snacks fully understands the importance of producing snacks in a dedicated ‘free-from’ environment so everybody can enjoy great tasting snacks – regardless of dietary requirement, and feel safe doing so. Every single flavour we produce, is Gluten Free (and also Dairy Free, MSG and GMO Free, Vegetarian and Vegan Certified) so Coeliacs looking for snacks can be sure that there is no risk of cross contamination, no ‘may contain’ and certainly no gluten containing ingredients (even flavours like Salt & Vinegar and Chicken Soup – flavours that commonly contain barley as an ingredient which isn’t suitable for those with Coeliac Disease).
We also feel it is important to take part with such campaigns, whether its across social media during the awareness week itself, or communicating our ‘free from’ message when we are out and about sampling our snacks. We want people to know how important following a strict gluten free diet is for those diagnosed with Coeliac Disease. It’s not just a matter of cutting out bread or pasta, gluten can be hidden in all sorts of products, and avoiding cross contamination is an important factor to address.
Creating snacks for everybody to share is important to us at Yumsh Snacks, and we like to think that by getting involved with Coeliac Disease Awareness week helps more and more people understand the condition – and not dismiss the gluten free ‘label’ as a trend or as a ‘fad’.
You can find out more about Coeliac Disease on the Coeliac UK website or visit our dedicated ‘Gluten Free’ page on the Ten Acre website.
Posted in Blog
May 11, 2017