Intolerant or Celiac?

 What is Gluten?

Gluten is a storage protein {prolamins} found in wheat, barley and rye. It gives dough its elasticity, helps it rise, keep its shape, and makes the product chewy. Its Latin meaning is actually “glue”.

What is Gluten Intolerance?

Gluten intolerance is a non-allergic, non-autoimmune reaction to the ingestion of the protein gluten that exhibits similar symptoms as celiac disease. It is not celiac disease, however. Gluten intolerance is diagnosed after medical tests for celiac have come back negative.

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a life-long {chronic} autoimmune intestinal disorder triggered by the ingestion of the protein gluten found in wheat, rye, and barley. When people who are genetically susceptible to celiac disease eat foods containing the gluten protein, cause a damaging reaction in their small intestine destroying the villi that line the small intestine responsible for the absorption of certain nutrients.

Symptoms of Celiac Disease.

Celiac disease not only affects the gastrointestinal {GI} system, but many other systems in the body manifesting in many levels of severity and ways that can vary from one person to another. Symptoms can range from abdominal bloating and gas to recurrent miscarriages. Check here for a more detailed list of celiac disease symptoms.

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