Gluten Free Shortbread

At one point or another it’s likely we’ll be plagued with the dreaded Hayfever attack that we’d managed to avoid so well. So what exactly is an allergy? Allergies can develop at any point, with one in four people in the UK developing one at some point in their life. Basically an allergy is the body’s reaction to a substance such as pollen, certain foods, materials or dust. Your immune system views the substance as a threat and thus you have an allergic reaction, producing histamines which result in the symptoms of an allergy, severe reactions are known as anaphylaxis. According to Allergy UK all countries undergoing industrial development have seen an increase in the amount of people suffering from allergies, with a more significant recent increase of those suffering from a food allergy. Food allergies and intolerances are much more than inconvenient, their symptoms can be very severe and cause anaphylaxis. Ultimately a food allergy is a reaction in the body to create an antibody to wrongly fight off a certain food, triggering reactions when this is consumed or touched. There are many types of irritations and allergies and this week we’ll be looking at Coeliac Disease, a common reaction to gluten, suffered by around one in every 100 people in the UK. It’s slightly different from the way the body reacts to an allergy, whereby in this case the immune system attacks healthy tissues. It’s not an allergy as such but consuming gluten products can trigger symptoms. Coeliac Disease means the immune system mistakes substances found within gluten as a threat, thus attacking them and damaging the...