You may be asking yourself, “What is Celiac Disease?” Celiac Disease, also spelled Coeliac in the UK and other parts of the world, is defined by the Celiac Sprue Association as:
… a genetically linked autoimmune disorder that can affect both children and adults. In people with CD, eating certain types of grain-based products set off an immune response that causes damage to the small intestine. This, in turn, interferes with the small intestine’s ability to absorb nutrients found in food, leading to malnutrition and a variety of other complications. The offending amino acid sequences are collectively called “gluten” and are found in wheat, barley, rye, and to a lesser extent, oats* (WBRO). Related proteins are found in triticale, spelt, kamut.
Going Out to Eat With Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance
Restaurants often have employees who are not properly trained in cross contamination. Our Richmond Area Gluten Friendly Restaurant Reviews detail various places that we have had great service and the employees seemed knowledgeable about Celiac and gluten sensitivity.
If dining out isn’t always your thing, our Gluten Free Recipes section contains an ever growing library of Celiac safe meals.