Date: Friday 12th December 2014
We’ve got serious food envy at Glutafin Towers after seeing all of your great gluten free pizza topping pictures! But just to help you make the most of our tasty new pizza bases, we’ve asked our dietitian for a few tips to understand how you can add tasty toppings which also contribute some of the important nutrients for a gluten-free diet.
Glutafin’s dietitian says;
Certain nutrients, such as fibre, calcium, iron and folic acid, are of particular importance for those with coeliac disease following a gluten-free diet.
Calcium is a vital nutrient needed to help ensure you have strong bones. It is important for everyone to consume their recommended allowance of calcium. However it is even more important for those with coeliac disease who have a higher daily requirement for calcium.
Increase your calcium intake by including cheese on your pizza, and maybe fish like sardines.
(Glutafin bread is also fortified with calcium to help you meet your requirement.)
2. Introduce iron
Iron deficiency is common in undiagnosed coeliac disease, and approximately ¼ of adults have iron deficiency anaemia when diagnosed with coeliac disease.
Red meat and spinach are iron-rich foods which can contribute to your daily iron intake.
3. Load on the vegetables
A gluten free diet can be low in fibre & wholegrains due to the removal of certain cereals from the diet.
Fibre is the part of plants that passes through our bodies without being absorbed and is found in wholegrain cereals, fruit, vegetables and pulses. Wholegrains are the seeds of cereal plants & contain all three parts of the grain compared to white, refined cereals such as white rice. They are a good source of vitamins, minerals & protein.
Boost your fibre intake by adding a few different vegetables to your pizza, like 3 heaped tablespoons of sweetcorn, a sliced medium onion and a large handful of mushrooms.
4. And finally, enjoy with a glass of fruit juice
Not only will this ensure all the nutrients in your pizza are absorbed as well as possible, but this also counts as another 1 of your 5 a day.
The Glutafin Team
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