Tips At Tech:
Gluten-free Fun Facts
• If you prefer cold cereal for ➢ Babies who were introduced to wheat, barley, or
breakfast, Chex ® cereal is now rye at any time in the first three months had five Living Gluten-free
completely gluten-free. times the risk of developing celiac disease over
those exposed at 4 to 6 months.
• Make your own salad for lunch, but
add nuts instead of croutons for that ➢ Celiac disease is most common in Ireland.
➢ It has been estimated that 10-15% of Americans
have celiac disease, but have no symptoms.
• Have an omelet at the Union Bistro
with vegetables and cheese.
➢ There is now genetic testing to determine your
risk for developing celiac disease.
• Stockpot ® Chicken Adobe soup and
Stockpot ® Fully Loaded Baked Potato
soup are both gluten-free. ➢ The glue used on lickable envelopes and stamps
often contains gluten.
• Try a baked potato at Spud Zone at the
Market and add grilled chicken, cheese
and vegetables. Celiac disease. www.mayoclinic.com. Accessed 3/10.
What is celiac disease. digestive.niddk.nih.gov. Accessed 3/10.
Celiac disease-sprue. www.nlm.nih.gov. Accessed 3/10.
• Try Sushi with Gusto® available at Celiac disease symptoms. www.webmd.com. Accessed 3/10.
various locations around campus. Rice
is a gluten-free grain! (Skip the soy
sauce - it’s not gluten-free!)
• Make sure to watch out for spices.
Many have wheat flour added to
• For more tips on living gluten-free, as
well as more gluten-free options on-
campus, check out the Smart Choices
Although some doctors refer to celiac disease as a Damaging Side-Effects of Hidden Sources of Gluten
an allergy to gluten, it is actually an autoimmune Gluten in Celiacs
disorder, which is when the immune system
Many products contain hidden sources of gluten.
mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body
tissues. If celiacs continue to consume products that Grains containing gluten may be used in food
contain gluten, the damaging effects to the intestine additives, such as malt flavoring and modified
Individuals with celiac disease (often referred to food starch. Other sources of gluten include some
may interfere with the absorption of nutrients.
as “celiacs”), must refrain from eating gluten, a medications and vitamins, beer, and lip balms.
This is because the immune system responds by
protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. This is Cross-contamination of gluten is also common.
damaging the villi– the tiny, fingerlike protrusions
because their body responds to the presence of This occurs when utensils that prepare foods
lining the small intestine.
gluten by attacking and damaging the inner lining that contain gluten are used on products without
of their intestines. Villi allow nutrients to be absorbed from food gluten, thus contaminating them.
and pass them from the small intestine into the
bloodstream. Therefore, without healthy villi, a There are still many foods that may be eaten
What Causes Celiac Disease? person may become malnourished no matter how on a gluten free diet. Meats, fruits, vegetables,
much food they eat. most dairy products, rice, and potatoes are
The exact cause of celiac disease is unknown, all acceptable for celiacs. There are also an
People with celiac disease tend to also have other increasing number of products, such as bread,
but it is most often inherited. If someone in your diseases in which the immune system attacks
immediate family has it, chances are good you pasta, and crackers, that are being made with
healthy tissues and cells. This connection may gluten-free flour. Just be sure to check the label!
may have it as well. be genetic and includes Type 1 diabetes, thyroid
Often times, for reasons that are unknown, the disease, liver disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
disease surfaces after some form of trauma. This
trauma could be stress, an infection, surgery,
pregnancy, or a physical injury. Treatment for Celiac Disease
Celiac disease can affect anyone but tends to be
more common in those that also suffer from Type There is no cure for celiac disease, but symptoms
1 diabetes, thyroid disease, and down syndrome. may be controlled by changing your diet. To
manage the disease and prevent complications, such
as malnutrition, it is important to cut out all sources
Symptoms To Look For of gluten from your diet. This includes wheat, rye,
and barley as well as any products made from these
There are no typical symptoms of celiac disease,
but most people complain of diarrhea, abdominal Even a small amount of gluten can invoke a
pain, and bloating while some individuals have no response in some individuals. Therefore, it is
symptoms at all. important to meet with a dietitian to know exactly
which foods may or may not be contaminated with
It’s important to get checked by your doctor if you gluten.
believe you may have celiac disease in order to
prevent further damage to your intestines.