Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease
Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease can have similar symptoms. However, gluten intolerance does not classify as an auto-immune disease. A study by the University of Maryland identifies the pathogenic differences of the two disorders. The study also demonstrates that gluten sensitivity and celiac disease are part of a spectrum of gluten-related disorders.
Gluten refers to certain proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley. People with Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease cannot tolerate the proteins found in foods containing these grains, and eating them can cause serious health problems, including malnourishment, chronic fatigue and damage to the small intestine.
A gluten-free diet is very effective at eliminating the symptoms associated with Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease and the importance of accuracy in food labeling is imperative to those who depend on labels to manage their health.
For more information on Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance:
The Celiac Disease Foundation drives diagnosis, treatment, and a cure through advocacy, education, and research to improve the quality of life for all people affected by celiac disease and non-celiac wheat sensitivity.
The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) has empowered the gluten-free community through consumer support, advocacy, and education for over four decades. GIG’s outreach is not only to those with gluten-related disorders but to everyone who has made the decision to live gluten-free. With the continued recognition of gluten-free dietary needs and the recent emphasis on gluten-free products and offerings, our role in the community is more important now than ever. From providing community support through our local Branches, to being a leader in food safety certification, GIG is a top non-profit organization for consumers worldwide.