Is this a trend? Why are soooo many people becoming gluten free?
We know, we know. One night you go to bed and the world is as you’ve known it. Then, the next day, you wake up hearing “gluten free this!!!” or “gluten free that!!!!” It is hard not to feel like this “gluten free stuff” is just a trend, but it isn’t. There are several (good) reasons why people are choosing the gluten free lifestyle nowadays:
: 1 out of every 133 American has Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder, in which the immune system damages part of the small intestine when gluten is consumed. This disease is more serious than an allergy and currently without cure. It requires Celiacs to adhere to a strict gluten free diet. To find out how you get tested for Celiac Disease, click here
. To review symptoms of Celiac Disease click here.
Research suggests that anywhere from 6% to (a whopping) 50% of the United States have a gluten sensitivity. See more on that here gluten sensitivity versus Celiac Disease.
According to the Mayo Clinic
, wheat allergy is one of the top 8 food allergies in this country, accountable for “90% of allergic reactions” to food. Note: Wheat allergy is distinct from Celiac Disease or gluten sensitivity, as people with only wheat allergies are able to digest rye and barley, which have gluten.
Parents all over the country have championed the impact that gluten fee diet has had on the lives of their autistic children. While there is no empirical evidence to substantiate these claims, there are countless anecdotal accounts of improvement in autistic people who adhere to the gluten free diet.
In a nutshell:
Celiac Disease (also known as Celiac Sprue or Coeliac) is an autoimmune disorder, in which the immune system decides that the consumption of the glu See more...
There is not one set of symptoms that a Celiac is guaranteed to have. The damage to the villi caused by Celiac Disease effects many of the body systems in a variety of wa See more...
Part 1: Blood Test
- There are a few blood tests used to detect Celiac Disease. The most reliable tests look for specific antibodies, such as anti-tissue transgluta See more...