On September 13th, we celebrate “National Celiac Disease Awareness Day” in honor of the doctor who identified a link between celiac disease and diet. Dr. Samuel Gee, a leader in celiac disease research, was born on September 13, 1839. A senate resolution calling for the commemoration gained unanimous approval on Aug. 3, 2010. In marking the awareness day, the Senate “recognizes that all people of the United States should become more informed and aware of celiac disease,” the resolution stated.
Celiac disease is 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. It’s a challenging disease because gluten can be hidden in many foods and products (including cosmetics). If you have celiac disease, avoiding gluten is the only way to keep your digestive tract free from damage. Some individuals may have a gluten sensitivity, which is less severe than celiac disease, but can still cause bloating, diarrhea, and cramping.
The most cost-effective and healthy way to follow a gluten-free diet is to seek out naturally gluten-free food groups, which include:
- Meat and poultry
- Fish and seafood
- Beans, legumes, and nuts
For more information, go to: https://celiac.org/live-gluten-free/glutenfreediet/food-options/#jvbcCGpIpiCedeO2.99