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Coeliac Disease

Coeliac Disease

What is Coeliac Disease?

Coeliac Disease is not an allergy or intolerance but an auto immune disease, where the body's immune system damages the lining of the small intestine when foods containing gluten are eaten.

Damage to the small intestine causes a range of symptoms including bloating, diarrhea, constipation, tiredness and mouth ulcers. It can also mean it is difficult for the body to absorb nutrients from foods causing many untreated Coeliacs to be at risk of a range of nutrient deficiencies which can lead to hair loss and osteoporosis.

One in one hundred people have Coeliac disease which can be diagnosed in childhood or later in life. It is a life long condition but the good news is it can be managed and the small intestine treated by following a gluten free diet.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in some cereals including wheat, barley and rye - and products made from these such as bread, pasta, cakes and pastry.

Oats can also be unsuitable for some Coeliacs. As oats are often produced in the same place as gluten containing cereals, there can be a risk of cross contamination.

What are Gluten Free Foods?

Naturally Gluten Free

- includes meat, fish, eggs, milk, dairy foods, fruits, vegetables, potatoes, rice, corn, quinoa, pulses, buckwheat.

Specially Developed Gluten Free Foods

- are foods which are traditionally made using gluten containing ingredients (e.g. bread and cakes) but have been developed using a gluten free recipe. Gluten levels of these foods are also tested to ensure they are 'gluten free'

Staying Healthy on a Gluten Free Diet

Healthy eating following a gluten free diet is similar to the rest of the population and should include foods from the four main food groups.

It's important for everyone to eat a healthy balanced diet but it can be more challenging when you need to avoid certain food groups. There are some starchy carbohydrate foods which contain gluten therefore Coeliacs should include plenty of naturally gluten free starchy carbohydrate foods in their diets.

For more information on Coeliac disease visit the Coeliac UK website or contact your GP

How We Can Help...

Gluten Free Foods

Our delicious 'Made Without Wheat' range of bread, cakes, sweet treats and sandwiches has been specially developed to be gluten free - click here for more information

We also offer a range of specially developed gluten free foods including flour, sausages, stuffing and crisp bakes.

gluten free sausages

Gluten Free Logo

Rather than have a special diets section in store we will make it easy for customers to identify gluten free foods across our ranges through the use of our gluten free logo. Products that carry this logo must be tested to ensure levels of gluten do not exceed 20ppm.

Allergy Information Box

Contains Box We use the allergy information box found on the back of pack to indicate whether the product or its ingredients contains gluten. This makes deciding whether a food is suitable for your diet easier as you don't have to read through the ingredients list.

Gluten Free Ordering Service

You can choose from a selection of your favourite M&S Made Without Wheat Gluten-free products online and simply collect from your nearest M&S store (not including petrol stations and some smaller Simply Foods stores). The products available to order online include: Brown Seeded Loaf, White Loaf, Brown Rolls, White Rolls, Crumpets, and Luxury Teacakes.

To start your online order please click here

Product Information Lists

We also offer a list of our products that do not contain gluten. This list is updated monthly and available in stores, from customer services or downloaded from our website

Cafes and Restaurants

We try to include gluten free options within our cafes and other hospitality formats where we can. Our customer assistants are able to advise whether our foods contain gluten.