What is Celiac Disease
Celiac disease is a medical condition where the surface of the small intestine is damaged by the gluten found in grains such as wheat, rye, and barley. This damage makes the intestine incapable of absorbing the nutrients that are required to give your body the nourishment it needs to stay healthy. Symptoms include diarrhea, weight loss, and fatigue, but these may be absent, and symptoms may occur in other organ systems. As the small intestine becomes more damaged, a degree of lactose intolerance may develop. Anemia can develop because of the bowels inability to absorb iron, folic acid and vitamin B12.
Gluten and wheat are contained in many foods. Obviously bread and pasta contain gluten but in other foods the gluten is much less obvious. For example, most soy sauce contains wheat, so consuming food with soy sauce that contains wheat, will make Celiacs ill. The only known cure for celiac disease it to abstain from eating foods that contain gluten, for the rest of your life.
Finding gluten free restaurants
We became aware of the problems Celiacs face when our daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease. As if it isn’t bad enough to have to deal with the problem at home, the much larger problem of eating when you are away from home, is somewhat daunting. A celiac restaurant guide was developed to find restaurants that will serve gluten free food, throughout North America. The web site is easy to use and makes finding the restaurants simple. When you enter an address or city, a map is displayed showing the restaurants in the area that can serve gluten free food.
The listing has a huge selection of restaurants with varied menus. In large centers there are often hundreds of restaurants to choose from. The restaurants listed in the guide are there because, either the restaurant has shown a willingness to offer gluten free food, or the restaurant has been recommended by someone as a celiac friendly restaurant.