Not Even A Crumb and the Celiac Disease Foundation are creating a series of public service announcements to raise awareness about Celiac Disease. How exciting is that! The first PSA aired in May and if you missed it, you can watch it now, it’s embedded below.
Celiac disease is the ONLY autoimmune condition that we know, with 100% certainty, what the environmental trigger is. It’s gluten and unfortunately for drug companies, the key for anyone suffering from celiac or non-celiac gluten intolerance is to eat a 100% gluten free diet. Such a simple solution. Why isn’t there more information out there about that? Why doesn’t everyone know about celiac disease and why doesn’t everyone know how critical it is to not get any–not even a crumb–of gluten in the diet for those dealing with gluten intolerance. Why? Because the drug companies can’t make any money off of this treatment. Pharmaceutical companies can’t patent a gluten free diet. Though I’m sure they’ve tried.
A Swedish Study published in April 2011 by Fertility and Sterility found that untreated celiac disease may not hurt fertility in men as previously thought. Great news right? We can all relax, eat some bread and continue spawning children with celiac disease–right? Unfortunately, no… Once again, inequity rears its nasty head!
Gluten free doesn’t mean goodness free. One of the most frustrating things about starting a gluten free diet is discovering what to eat. GF cooking requires a relearning of how to cook baked goods, breads, and desserts. At any age, this can be a daunting task, but also a fun one for those adventurous at heart! There are more gluten free flours than those containing gluten. Having so many options opens up a wide variety of textures, tastes, and colors that will add contrast and unique pizzazz not available when sticking with the drab glutinous regulars of wheat, spelt, and rye. Check out the wide variety of gluten free flours available for your consumptive adventurousness and start experimenting with making your own gluten free goodness!