The CNN food blog Eatocracy has a semi-nice post today about gluten and what a gluten free diet is. I say semi-nice because it doesn’t seem like there can be an article from a serious news organization that doesn’t have some modicum of inaccuracies or where it doesn’t seem like they are taking it lightly despite it’s affects. That being said, most of the article does come across as being a serious article with some nice facts.
Celiac disease on the contrary, is an autoimmune disorder with intense gastrointestinal symptoms – like cramping and bloating – among others. When people with Celiac disease eat foods with gluten, it damages the villi of the small intestine wall – thus, preventing basic nutrients of food from being absorbed.
Simple avoiding bread doesn’t do much good. Gluten pops up in surprising places, including soy sauce, sausage, lunchmeat, some instant coffee, soups, sauces, and even Communion wafers. Sufferers often need to go to extreme measure to avoid encountering it – hence the uptick in gluten-free products, cookbooks and restaurants.
There’s also a poll at the end of the article where they’re polling your proximity to the gluten free lifestyle. Take it, and show thank them for taking what can be a very harmful (and deadly) disease seriously. Now, if only we could get most of the doctors to do the same…