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Wellness for the Family: Celiac Disease Awareness Day

Tomorrow is Celiac Disease Awareness Day and we had our dear friend of ‘the four’, Registered Dietitian from , Grace Derocha back in the Heritage House to talk to us all about what it means to have celiac and how to eat with the disease.

There are nearly 300 symptoms that come along with having celiac disease and some people feel none, while others feel all of them. It is different than a food allergy because it is actually an autoimmune disease.

There is either a wheat allergy where you are allergic to wheat, rye, and barley and then there are gluten sensitivities. This affects about 13% of the world’s population.

The options are practically endless when it comes to what you can eat has restaurants and food chains have started to evolve. There is gluten free dough, bread, buns, crackers, chicken nuggets, pizzas, and so much more to choose from and all you have to do is check the label. Most items are clearly labeled “Gluten Free” now that it has become a more popular dietary restriction, but other times it just takes a little ingredient checking.

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