Your health

At Burgen we use tasty nutritious ingredients in our delicious products so that they are an easy addition to your healthy balanced diet. That’s why you’ll see the phrase Deliciously Healthy on all of our packs.This section provides more information on eating well and staying active but if you have a specific Gluten Free question why not Ask Our Nutritionist?

Other reasons to cut out wheat and gluten

  • Wheat allergy: This occurs when the body mistakenly treats wheat as a threat and produces substances called immunoglobulin E antibodies (IgE). These trigger the release of substances in the body provoking an allergic response, such as a rash, itching and wheezing. In most cases the symptoms are immediate – beginning within seconds or minutes of exposure to wheat.
  • Wheat intolerance: Most people who have an adverse reaction to wheat are either intolerant to wheat or have coeliac disease. Wheat intolerance is not triggered by the immune system so it cannot be diagnosed with standard allergy tests. Common symptoms include digestive discomfort, diarrhoea and bloating, but symptoms may come on more slowly and be more long lasting than with an allergic reaction. Gluten sensitivity can vary in severity and can cause similar symptoms to coeliac disease, but without the damage to the small intestine.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS):This is not a specific disease but a group of symptoms with symptoms similar to coeliac disease such as bloating, abdominal cramps and diarrhoea.
    It isn’t known exactly what causes IBS, but there are some common triggers such as being stressed, eating a particular food (dairy, wheat and spicy foods have been associated with IBS) as well as hormones and some medicines. Knowing what sets off your IBS can help you to manage it.
    If you have not been previously diagnosed with IBS then you should talk to a doctor for further advice.