Celiac disease is an immune reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the small intestine. The tiny, fingerlike protrusions lining the small intestine are damaged or destroyed. Called villi, they normally allow nutrients from food to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Without healthy villi, people with celiac disease cannot get the nutrients they need to stay healthy. This lack of nutrients can cause a host of health problems, such as diarrhea, osteoporosis, hair loss, anemia, and infertility.
Although there is currently no cure, celiac disease, in most cases, can be successfully treated by adhering to a gluten-free diet.
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Foods To Avoid
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Processed Foods that May Contain Wheat, Barley, or Rye*
| Bouillon Cubes
Brown Rice Syrup
Cold Cuts, Hot Dogs, Salami, Sausage
| Imitation Fish
Seasoned Tortilla Chips
Vegetables in Sauce
* Most of these foods can be found gluten-free. When in doubt, check with the food manufacturer.