Celiac Awareness Month

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May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. This is an autoimmune disease that can affect children and adults.  Certain grains damage the small intestine so it cannot absorb nutrients which can lead to malnutrition with symptoms including anemia, diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, cramping and bloating. The culprits include wheat, barley, rye and often oats.

There is no cure for Celiac, which affects about 300,000 Canadians.  Treatment is a totally gluten-free diet.  The silver lining is that today there are many certified gluten-free products available.

Always be sure to read the labels since gluten-free doesn’t mean healthy. Look for those that don’t include preservatives or excess sugar, fat or salt. Go-to choices can include superfood ingredients such as quinoa, legumes, nuts and seeds, chia and hemp, dark  green vegetables, heart-healthy omega 3 fats, and lean proteins.

For information and resources go to www.GlutenFreeFind.com.

 

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