5/19/2014

All About Gluten

Gluten

- Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, malts and triticale.

- Many healthy and delicious foods are naturally gluten-free: beans, seeds, nuts, eggs, meats, fish, poultry, fruits and vegetables, and most dairy products

- A gluten-free diet is used to treat Celiac disease. Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines of people with Celiac disease. Eating a gluten-free diet helps people with Celiac disease control their signs and symptoms and prevent complications.

Celiac Disease

- Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.

- An estimated 1 in 133 Americans, or about 1% of the population, has Celiac disease.

- Celiac disease can affect men and women across all ages and races.

- It is estimated that 83% of Americans who have Celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.

- 5-22% of Celiac patients have an immediate family member (1st degree relative) who also has Celiac.

- There are no pharmaceutical cures for Celiac disease. A gluten-free diet is the only existing treatment for Celiac today.

- Gluten-free sales reached more than $2.6 billion by the end of 2010 and are now expected to exceed more than $5 billion by 2015.

**Source: www.CeliacCentral.org; www.WhereFoodComesFrom.com