Celiac Disease Awareness Month: What you must know

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May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month, and there are several important pieces of information you need to know about this condition. Consider raising awareness by sharing this information.

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The month of May is considered Celiac Disease Awareness Month, and it is the perfect time to talk about this condition. There is some confusion and misconceptions about the disease that are prevalent. However, you can help by sharing correct information and raising awareness.

What is celiac disease?

One of the most frequent questions during Celiac Disease Awareness Month asks for a definition of the disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, celiac disease is an immune response to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. The small intestine can be damaged, so malabsorption of nutrients is a common problem. There are many symptoms of celiac disease, and there is no cure. A gluten-free (GF) diet is required for those who have celiac disease.

Why does cross-contamination matter?

Cross-contamination with gluten can make people with celiac disease ill. It is a serious issue and difficult to control or trace in some instances. Trace gluten contamination can affect how you feel and how the gut heals. Safety is a crucial part of the gluten-free diet, so it is important that you pay attention to what you eat.

Cross-contamination can occur in your home or while you eat out. Consider checking every label before buying food and calling the manufacturer if you have additional questions. Also, make sure to ask questions in restaurants and cafes about how your food is prepared.

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Does celiac disease make meal planning difficult?

One of the goals of Celiac Disease Awareness Month is to help people learn more about this condition and to understand how people live with it. Celiac disease can make meal planning more difficult because it requires a gluten-free diet. This can eliminate some of the spontaneity of eating out or trying new food. Since every meal has to be prepared without gluten, it takes more time and effort to cook.

Does celiac disease make eating out difficult?

Celiac disease can make it harder to eat out. You have to check that the restaurant or café is using gluten-free ingredients and preparing the food in a separate area to avoid cross-contamination with gluten. In many cases, restaurants use a shared kitchen, so crumbs or other items with gluten can end up in your meal.

Although it may take more effort to find places that serve gluten-free food, there are safe options. From gluten-free cheeseburgers to gluten-free pancakes, you can find locations that serve GF options. The key is to talk to the staff and make sure they are aware you have celiac disease.

Help during Celiac Disease Awareness Month

During Celiac Disease Awareness Month, you can help by spreading accurate information and teaching others about this condition. Consider supporting local organizations and charities that are raising awareness about celiac disease. You can make a difference and help others who are dealing with this condition.

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