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Gluten Free Treats To Salute Celiac Awareness Month

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May is Celiac Awareness Month and to here to explain the diagnosis and the new offerings available to those who suffer is Amy Burkhart M.D., R.D. is a physician and registered dietitian who practices Integrative Medicine, focusing on Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity and other digestive ailments in Napa, California.  Her monthly column, called "The Celiac MD" answers both common and not-so-common questions about Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. Here are some of the highlights from today's segment as well as some options for foods that are new to the market.

What is Celiac Disease?

  • Celiac disease is a genetic disorder that affects 1 in 133 Americans. This makes it one of the most common genetic disorders there is.
  • Those affected suffer damage to the intestine when they eat foods that contain wheat, barley  and rye. A small percentage will also react to oats.  We have what are called villi in our intestine, where our food and nutrients are absorbed. These are damaged in people with celiac disease when they eat the offending grains. The result is that they can't absorb their food.

What are the symptoms?

  • Celiac has been called "The great masquerader"- it can be present with an endless list of symptoms and it is different in everyone. The symptoms can be anything from diarrhea to vomiting to migraines and neurologic symptoms. Some people have no external symptoms at all-but internally damage is still occurring.

What is the treatment?

  • Treatment is a strict gluten free diet -for life. This is not a preference or a fad for these patients. It is a matter of life and death. If a person with celiac does not follow a gluten free diet- they are at a higher risk for things such as  autoimmune diseases and cancer.

Dr. Burkhart explained that:

  • "Gluten-sensitivity or intolerance" has become a generic blanket term for everyone who has a reaction to gluten, and Celiac has fallen under that umbrella.
  • It is very important to distinguish celiac disease from non-celiac gluten sensitivity. At this point this is best done by ruling out celiac disease, as there is currently no validated test for gluten sensitivity. Once you have ruled out celiac disease with adequate blood testing, you can eliminate gluten from your diet and see if your symptoms resolve. If they do, you have "non-celiac gluten sensitivity."
    the fact that a predisposition does not necessarily constitute disease.
  • If you think celiac is an issue for you or you please talk to your doctor about getting tested. It is simple and inexpensive to screen for.  
  • But PLEASE do not start a gluten free diet before testing for celiac disease.  You must be eating gluten to do the test, and if you eliminate gluten beforehand, the test is invalid.

Mina's Gluten Free

  • Delicious foods for you to enjoy throughout your gluten-free day that reflect safety, versatility and gourmet taste.
  • For Breakfast: pumpkin loaf, coffee cake, blueberry muffins, pancakes
  • For Desserts and Snacks: Sandwich cookies, sugar cookies, chocolate cake, choc. chip cookies

Venice Bakery:

  • If you want gf crust to create your own recipes, have it sent right to your house from venicebakery.com
  • They come in 5" and 12" sizes so they are perfect for snacks, lunch or dinner with the family.
  • Venice Bakery is dedicated to providing the gluten-free and vegan community with wonderful products that taste as good as being healthy feels.

Doc's Nutrilicious

  • Oh Yes! Pizza:  Gluten-free and dairy free pizzas.  


RELATED LINKS:

Venice Bakery Official Website

Oh YES! Foods Official Website

The Celiac MD Official Website

Mina's Gluten Free Official Website

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