Have your [Gluten – Free] Cake and Eat it Too!
September 13, National Celiac Disease Awareness Day, aims to raise awareness about celiac disease, an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks and damages the digestive tract in response to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.
According to leading advocacy group Beyond Celiac, an estimated 1 in 133 Americans has the disease, with approximately 83% of who are unaware they even have ir, or are misdiagnosed with other conditions.
Gluten can lurk in countless foods and products (including cosmetics) and symptoms vary widely. Fatigue, abdominal pain and bloating, diarrhea, infertility, joint pain, and constipation are just a few of the physical symptoms experienced by afflicted with the disease. Furthermore, the more gluten a celiac patient consumes, the more damage occurs to the intestines, potentially leading to malnutrition and other disorders including infertility, reduced bone density, neurological disorders, some cancers, and other autoimmune diseases. Eliminating gluten altogether from one’s diet is one way to help keep the digestive tract free from damage.
For more information about celiac disease, visit beyondceliac.org.