What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac Disease (or gluten intolerance) is an autoimmune disease that causes damage to the small intestine when gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley) is ingested. The body identifies it as a threat, therefore triggering an immune response that attacks the small intestine.
When the walls of the small intestine are damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly, causing a long list of health issues, such as iron, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, osteoporosis, etc.
What are the symptoms?
Celiac Disease affects everyone differently, so symptoms can vary from person to person. Some people experience gastrointestinal symptoms (more common in children) such as abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation and vomiting; other people experience fatigue, weight loss, joint pain, headaches and depression.
A blood test can determine if there is a gluten intolerance by showing higher levels of certain antibodies in the blood, but the only way to confirm it is by doing a biopsy of the small intestine.
What is the treatment?
A very strict gluten free diet is the only treatment for Celiac Disease that exists right now. By eliminating gluten completely, the lining of the intestine has a chance to heal and repair itself. Even the smallest amount of gluten can cause damage and bring back the symptoms, so avoiding it completely is extremely important.
Many products may contain hidden sources of gluten, which is why it’s crucial to read labels and check with manufacturers to avoid cross contamination.
GO VEGGIE follows a strict allergen and cross contamination program, and all three lines of products are gluten free.