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Celiac Disease: What is it?

By Ashley Chapman 

When people initially think of gluten-free products or restaurants, they may think that it is a new fad diet. While there has been an increase of those who prefer to avoid gluten, it is important to know that there is a disease that forces some to live a gluten-free lifestyle.  If you suffer from celiac disease or a gluten allergy, it can be frustrating to explain your disease to others. What is even more frustrating is trying to find foods that are healthy and tasty.  Read more to find out what celiac disease is, how it influences the body, and healthy alternatives.

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that causes damage to the small intestine if gluten is ingested. This autoimmune disease is hereditary, so it can be passed down in families to their children.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, rye and barley. Some common foods that contain gluten include beer, bread, breadcrumbs, dough (pizza and pie) and some types of cereal. It can be confusing and frustrating to determine what types of food gluten is prominent in. However, it is always best to look at food labels to make sure.

Food Alternatives 

Luckily, there are varieties of food products that offer gluten-free alternatives. While you can buy quite a few products "gluten-free," many times they have added preservatives and unnatural ingredients to act as gluten.

If you are looking for more natural food alternatives, below are a few options you can try out.

Cauliflower Crust

If pizza is one of your favorite foods, finding a healthy gluten-free option can be tough. There are more restaurants that carry gluten free crust, but they are loaded with preservatives and can be expensive. Instead of buying a gluten free pizza, you can make one at home! Using a head of cauliflower, Parmesan cheese and an egg, you can create a pizza crust from scratch.

Pancakes

Pancakes are one of the foods that are the first to go for those who suffer from celiac disease or a gluten allergen. If you are someone who loves pancakes, there is a gluten-free alternative.  Using one banana and two eggs, whisking these together will create one to two pancakes. You can increase the ratio for more pancakes.

Health Benefits  

For those who suffer from an allergen or celiac disease, the health benefits to living a gluten-free diet includes feeling better. Another positive comes from eating healthier options. Living with celiac disease means that you are looking at food labels more often and you are aware of most ingredients in your food.

Remember that even if it says "gluten-free" on the label, it does not make it a healthier option!

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Prosper, Tex.

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