Q.: What does gluten intolerance mean?    HEIDI DU PREEZ REPLIES: Gluten is a protein molecule in grains such as wheat, rye and barley, and to a lesser degree in oats. It comprises 78% of the total protein in modern wheat and binds dough in foods such as bread and other baked goods, contributing to the spongy elastic […]

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Nearly everyone experiences some sort of Gastrointestinal (GI) discomfort at some point or another. It can manifest as abdominal pain and cramps, bloated belly and flatulence, chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), heartburn, acid reflux and nausea. Apart from the impact on quality of life, a third of those who suffer say they can’t find […]

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In the list of common chronic disorders of digestion, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) ranks high in the ability to wreak havoc on the sufferer’s social life, occupation and personal comfort. The symptoms that accompany IBS (also known as spastic colon or mucous colitis) – constipation, diarrhoea, bloating and flatulence, searing abdominal pain spasms – can […]

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Q With reference to the latest breastfeeding issue that made headline news, I am hoping you can clarify some questions and concerns that I am sure other readers will also find useful. I am referring to the sentencing of the parents of baby Lucas who weighed 4.3 kilograms when he died at the age of […]

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The wheat you eat today bears little resemblance to the wheat mankind has eaten for thousands of years. Not surprisingly, many of us do badly on this food, with varying degrees of intolerance. COELIAC DISEASE – A GROWING PROBLEM It is now clear that coeliac disease, which can be fatal, is much more common than […]

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