What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the small intestine in genetically susceptible individuals. It is triggered by ingesting certain proteins, commonly referred to as "gluten" which is naturally present in some cereal grains. Eating foods that are labeled as 'Gluten Free' such as Buckwheat Flour can help with the symptoms associated with Celiac Disease.
Can celiac disease be cured?
No, but health care professionals advise that it can be managed with diet. Typically, individuals who have this disease are advised to avoid all sources of gluten in their diet. Over time, strictly avoiding consumption of all gluten sources can improve the symptoms and reduce the associated health risks of celiac disease.
What is gluten?
The term "gluten" technically refers to a specific complex of proteins that forms when wheat flour is mixed with a liquid and physically manipulated, such as in the kneading of bread.
How is the term "gluten" used in the context of celiac disease ?
In the context of celiac disease, the term "gluten" is used to collectively refer to gluten in wheat, and to the proteins in other grains that have been demonstrated to cause harmful health effects in individuals who have celiac disease. These grains are wheat, rye, barley, and possibly oats. Information provided from the Celiac Sprue Association.