Each day, more people are being diagnosed with gluten intolerance (also known as celiac disease). Gluten are proteins found in wheat. If you are gluten intolerant, eating foods with gluten causes your body’s immune system to respond negatively and, over time, damage the small intestine.
BayCare gastroenterologists are able to diagnose individuals with gluten intolerance through blood tests and a capsule endoscopy.
If you have gluten intolerance, it is important to know the foods and ingredients that contain gluten. Below is a partial list to keep in mind:
- French fries
- Lunch meat
- Malts/Malt flavorings
- Salad dressings
- Soy sauce
Since so many people are being diagnosed with this intolerance, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires all food manufacturers to clearly label if their products contain gluten. In addition, many restaurants now offer gluten-free menu options.
Below are a few links to some key organizations that can provide additional resources (including recipes) and information about gluten intolerance:
- Celiac Disease Foundation – national non-profit organization dedicated to providing celiac disease services, support and information
- National Foundation for Celiac Awareness – an awareness organization that promotes celiac disease research and scientists
- GI Kids – a resource of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition specifically for children with digestive problems
For more information or a physician referral, call (888) 487-9718 or find a doctor near you.