Celiac disease affects 1 in 100 children and adults, leaving 2 ½ million sufferers undiagnosed and at risk for long-term health issues. Celiac disease is a hereditary disorder passed down from immediate family members.
But, don’t worry. Having Celiac disease doesn’t mean you have to give up great taste and be deprived of the things you love. When true gluten-free products are available, eating right is simple. Purchase brands such as Graeter’s Ice Cream, Tandoor Chef and Wholly Gluten-Free products. These three brands are highly recommended in the food industry. I’ll explain why later.
What is Celiac Disease?
The Celiac Disease Foundation defines Celiac disease as “…an autoimmune disorder that occurs in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestines.” The gluten causes damage to the villi, small finger-like tentacles in the small intestines. When the villi become too damaged, it inhibits nutrients from being absorbed into the body.
Symptoms of Celiac Disease
The symptoms for children and adults can be different. But, with over 300 known and common symptoms, it’s hard to diagnose this disease just by symptoms alone. A simple blood test is all that’s needed for a quick diagnosis. Not everyone who is gluten sensitive has Celiac disease. Celiac disease is a lifelong condition, even if following a strict gluten-free diet.
Top 5 common symptoms in children
1. Abdominal bloating, cramping and pain
2. Chronic diarrhea
4. Weight loss
5. ADHD/ behavioral issues
Top 5 common symptoms in adults
1. Unexplained anemia
2. Unexplained bone and joint pain
4. Canker sores in mouth
5. Unexplained skin rashes
According to Beyonddiet.com, “Gluten-Free” labels make millions claiming to be “healthy, diet foods” but the truth is, some brands make false advertisements and end up being worse nutritionally than the original product. Heavily processed foods contain chemical additives and numerous artificial ingredients that are not only damaging to your health but cause major weight gain and health problems.
Top foods naturally Gluten-free
1. Organic fruits and vegetables
2. Local butchered meats
3. Fresh fish
4. Regular milk (but watch labels, especially flavored milk)
5. Dairy products (but watch labels for altered ingredients)
6. White and brown rice
7. Grains such as quinoa, beans, soy, and flaxseed
8. Wines and hard liquor (beers are loaded with gluten)
Graeter’s Ice Cream, Tandoor Chef and Wholly Gluten-Free products use the finest ingredients to ensure the best for their customers. These products can be found at local Whole Foods, Fresh Thyme Market, Meijer and Kroger stores.