Gluten is a protein found in all forms of wheat (including
durum, semolina, and spelt), rye, oats, barley and related
grain hybrids such as triticale and kamut.
For the Good of It
can help you stock your gluten-free pantry.
When people with celiac disease consume gluten, the
absorptive villi in the small intestine are damaged,
preventing the absorption of many important nutrients. The
long-term effect of untreated celiac disease can be life
threatening. However, with a completely gluten-free diet,
the intestinal lining will heal completely allowing most
patients to live a normal, healthy life as long as they
remain free of gluten in their diet. Even a small amount of
gluten can cause symptoms to reoccur.
Although the gluten-free diet should be taken seriously,
living and eating in the real world requires a sense of
humor and knowledge of both the diet and ingredients.