It’s estimated that 3 million Americans suffer from celiac disease. Celiac is a condition where eating foods containing a protein called gluten causes our body’s immune system to attack our small intestine, leading to abdominal discomfort, bloating, gas and diarrhea. If left untreated, it can cause weight loss and nutrient deficiencies.
The most effective way to manage celiac is diet. People must strictly avoid any foods that contain gluten. Gluten is found in foods like wheat, rye and barley, and anything made from those foods. This includes bread and other baked goods, pasta, beer and even soy sauce.
People with celiac must also check that gluten-free foods aren’t cross-contaminated with gluten through environmental factors like shared cooking, manufacturing or transportation equipment.