Gastrointestinal GoodnessCookbooks and restaurants for the gluten-free are on the rise. by Stasia DeMarco
Celiac Disease, animmune system disorderthat affects the gastrointestinal tract, was once considered rare. People who suffered from it often went un-diagnosed and were considered hypochondriacs. Today, 90,000 Americans have been diagnosed with Celiac disease, and approximately 3,000,000 people, or 1% of the U.S. population, have yet to be diagnosed according to the National Institutes of Health, which changed its classification of Celiac from rare to common in 2004.
The number of Celiac sufferers combined with the number of people with wheat allergies and other diseases affected by digesting gluten means nearly 10,000,000 people nation-wide MUST eat gluten-free for the rest of their lives. That means no wheat, rye, barley and some oats. To meet these unique dietary needs, there is a growing market for all things gluten-free, from cookbooks to gluten-free alternatives in restaurants to gluten-free products currently sold in nationwide supermarket chains. There are even guides to help aid restricted dieters in their gluten-freedining experiencesanywhere in the country. Dragonfire contributing writer Stasia Demarco has this audio report.
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