May is Celiac Awareness Month—a time when the 3 million Americans affected by celiac disease come together to raise awareness of the serious genetic autoimmune disease. The only known treatment for celiac disease is to follow a strict gluten-free diet. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, and these proteins can be found in just about anything: foods, drinks, cosmetics and more.
3 fast facts about celiac disease
1. Celiac disease is not a food allergy; it is an autoimmune disease. Celiac disease can never be "outgrown."
2. In people with celiac disease, gluten sets off an autoimmune reaction causing destruction of the small intestine.
3. Celiac disease is one of the most common and most under diagnosed autoimmune conditions in this country today.
Following a gluten-free diet
There are plenty of ways to avoid consuming gluten. Enjoy Life Foods, a certified gluten-free snack company, combines buckwheat flour with other better-for-you flours to create a signature gluten-free blend used in many of their products.
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Enjoy Life’s use of buckwheat and other naturally gluten-free flours gives you permission to never go a day without a delicious stack of pancakes, a mid-afternoon snack with plant-based protein, or melt-in-your-mouth soft baked cookies. With permission to eat freely, you’ll enjoy a happy, worry-free experience. And when you’re feeling good because you’re eating food that you enjoy from a company you trust, then you might be freed up to do all sorts of other things you enjoy in life, too.
Learn more about celiac disease and the best ways to avoid gluten from Enjoy Life Foods gluten-free resource center.
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