May is Celiac Awareness Month

The month of May is Celiac Disease awareness month.  This May let's take a look at the signs & symptoms of Celiac Disease. 

Celiac disease is a digestive condition impacted by the consumption of the protein “gluten.”  Gluten is found in foods containing wheat, rye, barley, or rye.  The damage caused to the small intestine can hinder the ability to absorb certain nutrients after consuming any form of these types of grains. 

In this picture you will see a healthy intestine on the left.
The small intestine on the right has been destroyed by gluten.

Aside from not absorbing nutrients, those with celiac disease may experience abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating, irritability, anemia, joint pain, muscle cramps, skin rash, mouth sores, weight loss, general weakness and fatigue, foul-smelling or grayish stools, osteoporosis, and dermatitis herpetiformis.  The cause of celiac disease is unknown.  The treatment consists of following a gluten free diet. 
How to determine a gluten free product or food:
Look for certified gluten free labels on products.  If a product has the "Celiac Sprue Association" symbol on the front, this is also a good indicator of a gluten free food.  Knowing what ingredients contain gluten will also help in your selection of gluten free products that do not have a label of certification.

Many food manufacturers, restaurants & grocery stores may also have a list of gluten free foods & products listed on their website.

Market Street has exciting news coming toward this end of this year that will make your Gluten Free Shopping even easier.

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