This is why I've started labeling any recipes on my blog as gluten-free or offering specific gluten-free modifications. I know how hard it is to prepare healthy, fresh food for young children. Adding a serious food allergy or condition that changes their diet makes meals that much harder! I hope I can offer recipes and ideas when I have them.
In case you're curious, here's the scoop. Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, rye, barley, and some other grains.
Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune condition. When a person with celiac disease eats foods containing gluten their immune system kicks into overdrive, causing damage to the small intestine. Nutrients from food are absorbed from the small intestine -- damage causes nutrient deficiencies that can affect growth and health.
Symptoms of celiac disease include:
- Stomach pain
- Joint Pain
- Itchy skin rash.
I have heard people avoid gluten for many different reasons. If you think a member of your family has celiac disease it is important to go to your doctor or pediatrician for tests that confirm it. A registered dietitian can provide tips for feeding your family in a safe, gluten-free way.
For more information check out:
Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign
Celiac Disease Foundation