Gluten Intolerance Overview
Gluten-free Kids: What You Need to Know
|18||million people have a wheat intolerance.|
|3||million have Celiac Disease.|
|300.000||have a wheat allergy.|
There is also a trend lately toward wheat- and gluten-free food among people who do not have these conditions, such as those adhering to the popular Paleolithic Diet. But here’s the good news: with so many people avoiding these ingredients, many companies and even restaurants now offer wheat- and gluten-free options for our kids and us. So even if your child has been diagnosed with a serious health issue, you should be able to find recipes, ingredients and prepared foods that are safe for gluten-free kids to eat. Having these available will make the transition to a wheat- and/or gluten-free diet much easier!
Why do people need a wheat or gluten-free diet?
There are 3 main reasons for avoiding wheat and gluten.
- 1. Wheat intolerance is when the body doesn’t digest wheat properly, leading to physical symptoms that can be painful and embarrassing.
- 2. Celiac Disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine every time a person eats gluten, which is a component of wheat, rye and barley.
- 3. Wheat allergy is much like other food allergies, which can cause a variety of physical reactions including anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening emergency.
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