Quick Health Tip: Gluten & Celiac Disease


Gluten is a sticky protein in certain grains. It’s the substance in wheat flour that makes bread bind together and rise, and that thickens barley soup. Some people who are unable to digest gluten are found to have Celiac Disease. They experience stomach and bowel problems, tiredness, anemia and children fail to thrive. If these people continue to eat gluten-containing foods, they can develop other medical conditions such as diabetes.


However, there are many people who have a sensitivity to gluten that causes allergic symptoms (bloating and digestive problems, hyperactivity, migraines, skin conditions, etc.). Their symptoms improve when they avoid foods that contain wheat, rye and barley. Many gluten-free foods are becoming easier to find in grocery stores and restaurants.


Kids love to design their own individual pizzas using gluten-free wraps for the crust. Check out this sample recipe!