May is National Celiac Awareness Month
What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by the consumption of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Three million Americans have celiac disease, yet 95% of those who have it are undiagnosed.
What is the difference between celiac disease and gluten intolerance?
The difference is that between two immune related reactions, allergy and intolerance. The medical and scientific community has long agreed that celiac disease is an autoimmune condition triggered by the consumption of gluten. In recent years, the term “gluten sensitivity” has been coined to describe those individuals who also cannot tolerate gluten and at times experience gastrointestinal symptoms similar to those with celiac disease.
Celiac Central is a great resource!
Make sure you check out my Gluten Free Recipe Section as well!