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step 1: swap to Whole grains include immune-related problems, faulty insulin regulation, infertility and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. Add to that the fact that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide (active agent glyphosate), sprayed heavily on 85% of all GMO crops, has been declared a ’probable carcinogen’ by the World Health Organization (WHO). So for now: • Buy organic Certified organic products do not intentionally include any GMO ingredients. • Look for non-GMO labels These should be prominently displayed on packaging. • Avoid ’at-risk’ ingredients Unless whole grain products are labelled organic or verified non-GMO, avoid those made with ingredients that might be derived from GMOs. These include corn, soybeans, canola, and cottonseed oil. (See page 270 for more information about genetically modified foods). Tip: If your child has coeliac disease, gluten intolerance or a wheat allergy or you just want to reduce the amount of gluten consumed each day, try almond meal, coconut flour and buckwheat flour in place of wholemeal flour. Lettuce or cabbage leaves and nori sheets also make excellent replacements for wraps. So is a gluten-free diet the best way to go? Gluten-free products are everywhere in answer to the growing number of people following a gluten-free lifestyle. But before you overhaul your pantry, it’s important to know that many of these products are not necessarily ’healthy’. Most common gluten-free supermarket products are highly refined as their main ingredients include maize, potato starch, and cornstarch as well as added sugars and preservatives. If your family is following a gluten-free lifestyle, make sure you choose whole food gluten-free options such as quinoa, amaranth, millet, brown rice, sorghum, teff and buckwheat. Another thing to remember is to not only choose ricebased products. Too much rice and rice-based products, even wholegrain rice, can contribute to arsenic in the diet. Inorganic arsenic is found in nearly all foods and drinks, but is usually only found in small amounts. However, slightly higher levels can be found in rice and rice-based products such as rice milk, rice syrup, infant rice cereal and rice bran. Therefore, even for those following a whole food gluten-free diet, it is still best to rotate your grains. After all, each whole grain has something different to offer – from the calcium in teff to the protein in quinoa. you know? Whole grains are Did an excellent source of fibre. Children aged 1 to 3 years need 19 grams of fibre per day. For children aged 4 to 8 years that number rises to 24 grams per day. Coeliac disease Definition: Genetic, autoimmune disorder; gluten ingestion triggers damage to small intestine. Gastrointestinal symptoms: Diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, flatulence, cramping, bloating, abdominal pain. Other symptoms: Weight loss, malnutrition, iron deficiency, dental cavitiies, low bone density, skin issues, neurological disorders, liver dysfunction, joint pain, hair loss, fatigue. Treatment: Strict adherence to a gluten-free lifestyle. Source: UCLA division of Digestive Diseases 39 vs gluten intolerance Definition: Intolerance to gluten or other wheat components without damage to small intestine. Gastrointestinal symptoms: Diarrhoea, bloating, abdominal pain, constipation. Other symptoms: Brain fog, neurological disorders, joint pain, fatigue, mood and behaviour disorders. Treatment: Adherence to a wheat-free/gluten-free diet (level of adherence variable). vs wheat allergy Definition: Immune response to one or more of the proteins found in wheat (can include gluten). Gastrointestinal symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, bloating, constipation. Other symptoms: Hives, rash, nasal congestion, eye irritation, difficulty breathing, irritation of mouth or throat, mood and behaviour disorders. Treatment: Strict adherence to a wheat-free lifestyle.