Thursday, August 29, 2013

Learning about Celiac Disease

Hello Readers!

     Because Euforia's cakes are gluten-free, we have many customers who are living with Celiac Disease.   Today's post is an introduction to Celiac Disease to help our readers with a bit of information and resources.
     What is Celiac Disease?  It's an autoimmune disease in which gluten consumption triggers a reaction in the small intestine. Gluten is the protein found in all forms of wheat, barley, and rye.
Glutens help doughs rise and give texture
 The reaction from eating gluten causes inflammation in the small intestine, blocking nutrient absorption and over time, causing damage to the intestinal lining.  
     Because Celiac Disease is a chronic condition, there isn't a cure.  The only treatment for Celiac Disease is completely eliminating gluten from one's diet.  Fortunately, once gluten is gone, the intestine starts to heal, and medication isn't generally required though medical follow up is recommended.
     Currently, Celiac Disease is estimated to affect 1 in 150 people in the United States, though some doctors estimate a higher incidence.   Due to the increase in Celiac Disease diagnoses, in addition to those wanting to eliminate gluten for other reasons, gluten-free foods are gaining popularity. both online and in grocery stores and restaurants.  Also, you don't have to give up good desserts when you give up gluten.  Cakes from Euforia Confections are delicious, and they are gluten-free!
Thousand Layer Cake from Euforia Confections
  Helpful links for Celiac Disease information: