Celiac disease & gluten-free diets, on the newest episode of A Healthier Charlotte
Posted on 31 Jan 2012 by Bobby DeMuro
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Restaurants, food producers and chefs across the country are all embracing the gluten-free craze, but what does it mean for you? And is it just a nutrition fad set to fade over time, or is there something more serious behind the gluten-free movement?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease — a digestive condition triggered by consumption of the protein gluten, which is found in bread, pasta, and other foods containing wheat, barley or rye. People with celiac disease who eat foods with gluten experience damage to the small intestine, and an inability to absorb nutrients.
Eventually, the decreased absorption of nutrients causes vitamin deficiencies that deprive the brain, nervous system, bones, and organs of vital nourishment. While there is no current treatment for celiac disease, you can effectively manage it through dietary adjustments.
Four local experts joined me on set to shed some light on celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and what it means in Charlotte. Our two-part panel:
Carol Szer, Charlotte Celiac Connection. Carol is a founding member of the support and information group Charlotte Celiac Connection.
Pat Fogarty, RD, LD, MSN. Pat is a registered dietitian focusing on celiac disease education and awareness, and a nutrition instructor at Johnson & Wales University.
Jackie Fogarty. Pat’s daughter, Jackie was diagnosed with celiac disease as a 2-year old.
Janet Kline, Charlotte Celiac Connection. Janet is a founding member of the support and information group Charlotte Celiac Connection.
Nikki Everett, R.O.C.K. Charlotte. Nikki is the Founder of Raising Our Celiac Kids Charlotte, as well as the Charlotte Gluten/Allergen Free Expo.
What About You?
Do you know someone with celiac disease? Have you ever gone gluten-free?