Gluten Free Research Paper

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What’s it like going out with friends and not being about to eat anything? Allergies and sensitivities cause many problems, not only with the digestive system, but with life in general. Celiac Disease, becoming more and more common day by day can lead to a complete lifestyle change. Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder in which the body has an intolerance to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye; it acts as glue to hold food together. When Celiacs consume gluten, the body initiates an immune response that attacks the small intestine. This can lead to damage to the villi, which help with nutrient absorption, in the small intestine. Due to the lack of absorption of nutrients, often times children with Celiac Disease fail to gain weight or grow. In teenagers and adults, symptoms include fatigue, weakness, weight loss, gas and bloating, and changes in bowel movements. A small bowel biopsy or a blood test can be performed to determine whether the disease is present or not. Doctors are not sure what exactly triggers the disease, but having certain genes can increase your chance of obtaining Celiac Disease.…show more content…
Within recent years gluten free products have become more popular and easier to find. An example being Cheerios, this cereal has contained wheat starch until just recently. Now Cheerios and Multigrain Cheerios are gluten free. Most yogurts and milks are gluten-free also. The more common that this disease becomes, the more popular gluten-free items will be. Although many items might seem to be suitable to eat on a gluten-free diet, they are not. For example, deli meat, unless it says “Gluten Free” on the package, chances are it has been injected with preservatives which may contain

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