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Celiac Sprue — A “genetic disorder”

Posted by nepeht on October 8, 2008

According to the Celiac Sprue Association,

  • Celiac disease (CD) is a genetic disorder. In people with CD, eating certain types of protein, called gluten, sets off an autoimmune response that causes damage to the small intestine. This, in turn, causes the small intestine to lose its ability to absorb the nutrients found in food, leading to malnutrition and a variety of other complications.

The most prominant item on the short list of dangerous foods is “wheat”.  There is also a list of other foods that cause damage to persons with Celiac Sprue.

I don’t know if you have really looked lately, but is so happens that in the U.S., wheat is in tons of our most common foods.  For anyone with Celiac Sprue — particularly those who are recently diagnosed (within the past few years) — safe eating becomes a challenge.


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