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Can I eat monosodium glutamate (MSG)?

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is gluten free. It is a flavour enhancer used in many manufactured foods and can be made from wheat; however, during processing the wheat protein is completely hydrolysed (broken down) and can be eaten by people with coeliac disease.

 

Can I eat whey powder?

Whey is produced from milk and does not contain gluten.

Can I eat yeast?

Fresh yeast is naturally gluten-free. We are now aware of some brands of dried yeasts that now contain wheat starch in the ingredients so they are not gluten free. We therefore now list dried yeasts in the Food & Drink Directory that do not contain gluten.

 

Can I eat glucose syrup?

Glucose syrup is gluten free. It can be derived from wheat, however the production methods involve a high level of hydrolysation, meaning there is no significant gluten content in the sugars. The final ingredient is gluten free and foods with glucose syrups can be eaten by people with coeliac disease.

Can I volunteer if I work full time?

Yes. Many of our volunteers work full time. We aim to provide flexible roles which can be carried out around your other commitments, be they work, family or leisure.

How often does Coeliac UK hold its Raffles?

We hold our Raffles twice a year, once in spring and the other at Christmas. All winners and their winning ticket numbers are available on our website within a week of the draw taking place. For a full list, visit our Raffle page.

Can I eat dextrose?

Dextrose is gluten free. It can be made from wheat but the production methods involve a high level of hydrolysation, which means that no gluten is left in the sugars. The final ingredient is gluten free and dextrose can be eaten by people with coeliac disease.

Will having coeliac disease affect my insurance policies?

Having coeliac disease does not necessarily mean that you need to pay more for insurance cover. When you contact insurance companies, you should make the following points clear:

  • coeliac disease is caused by an intolerance to gluten in products containing wheat, barley and rye
  • it is treated by keeping to a life long gluten free diet and does not require any medication
  • once following the gluten free diet, the individual returns to full health
  • if gluten is eaten accidentally, some symptoms may occur, but they are temporary and extremely unlikely to require any medical attention or hospitalisation
  • anaphylactic shock is not associated with coeliac disease.

You can check out insurance companies’ websites who offer specific packages for those who have coeliac disease, but also shop around. Your present insurance company should be able to help you with a sensible quote.

Can the Community pharmacy supply of gluten-free foods toolkit be used for individual GP dispensing practices?

It would be difficult to set up a pharmacy led supply scheme as an independent. If you are interested in setting up a pharmacy led supply scheme we would recommend speaking with your local Clinical Commissioning Group and other GP surgeries in your area to consider the potential for collaboration.

Items supplied on prescription are reimbursed through the national Prescription Pricing Department (PPD). The PPD receives all prescriptions dispensed and reimburses individual pharmacies and GP dispensaries accordingly.The cost of each prescription is taken from the appropriate GP surgery prescribing budget. In Northamptonshire, when the pharmacy led supply scheme was introduced in 2006, the funds came from the existing Primary Care Trust (PCT) prescribing budget.

Is it difficult to fundraise?

Getting involved in fundraising events and activities, no matter how small or large, can be a fantastic way to give back and raise funds for charity.

Larger events will take more time and effort to organise but smaller events can be easy to set up and run, so however big you’re thinking please get in contact with our Fundraising Team to talk about what you’d like to do.

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