Quick Tip: Gluten-Free Grains
Celiac disease is an intolerance to gluten, a protein found wheat, rye, and barley. For those with the disease, consuming these grains can cause serious digestive distress and nutrient deficiencies. Celiac is thought to affect about one in every 250 people, but the vast majority of people with the condition don’t realize they have it. It can usually be diagnosed (or ruled out) with a blood-test and/or biopsy.
People with celiac need to completely avoid sources of gluten. Fortunately, there are lots of delicious gluten-free grains and a growing number of available gluten-free products. Rice, kasha, millet, and quinoa are popular options for those who avoid gluten.