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Celiac Disease is taking over!

In Allergy, Celiac Disease, Gluten Free on September 9, 2010 at 12:46 am

photo courtsey of: Gluten Free Easily

One of the fastest growing food epidemics of our time is an illness known as Celiac disease.  Celiac disease, also known as Sprue, is in more products than simply just wheat flour. The disease focuses around intolerance to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.  Gluten is a key ingredient in many unsuspecting items such as ketchup, some ice creams, soy sauce, salad dressings, Twizzlers, as well as beauty products and envelope adhesives.  For those unlucky people who have this incurable disease,  the consequences of just one bite of that delicious looking cake can only be described as someone twisting your insides with a wrench.

Generally, the disease is found to be genetic and can become active at any age. More than 20 million Americans are affected by this disease, some of which experience symptoms.  While the allergy is life altering to those who find themselves diagnosed, most people find that they have more energy and live a healthier life style once kicking the gluten habit.  Gluten-free products are becoming more and more available every day.  Big name brands such as Betty Crocker even have lines of gluten free baking products and pancake mixes which you can find conveniently in your local grocery store.  This disease has become so popular, there is a whole blogging community dedicated to the expansion and sharing of gluten free products, recipes, and where to get the best restaurant gluten free food.  Bloggers such as The CeliacChicks share with the gluten free community all the latest in the world of wheat-free.

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