May is Celiac Awareness Month?
Celiac disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats.
So what is gluten?
Gluten is the general name for one of the proteins found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. When these proteins are present in the diet of someone with Celiac Disease, they become toxic and cause damage to the small intestine. This damage causes the small intestine to be unable to absorb important nutrients, which can result in malnutrition and other health complications.
Where is gluten found?
Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and all their derivatives
What are some gluten-free foods?
Cheese (Aged hard cheese such as Swiss, Parmesan and cheddar)
Flours (arrowroot, corn, potato, trice, soy, and tapioca)
Fresh poultry, beef, pork and fish
Plain fruits and vegetables
For more information visit: http://www.celiaccentral.org/