May marks National Celiac Awareness month! This is a month that is near and dear to our hearts as we have many readers who are gluten-free due to celiac disease. Celiac disease is a condition that affects the digestive track and is exacerbated by the consumption of foods containing gluten such as bread, pasta, cookies and cakes. When gluten-containing foods are consumed, the inner surface of the small intestines is damaged and can cause a variety of issues such as diarrhea, gas and bloating. More serious and less frequent symptoms can include anemia, skin irritation, joint and muscle pain, irritability and depression.
There are estimates that several million people are living with celiac’s disease and don’t even realize it; that is why National Celiac Awareness Month is so important. Celiac can be successfully managed if a proper diet and lifestyle change is followed, but for those who don’t realize they have celiac disease and are not eating accordingly, they can find themselves inexplicably malnourished due to decreased absorption of nutrients in their leaky intestines. This advanced state of disease can affect the liver, bones, brain and other organs.
We are excited to do our part to promote National Celiac Awareness Month and so will be bringing you an unprecedented 31 recipes for the entire month – one for each day of National Celiac Awareness Month! To kick it off, we are bringing you a week of Cinco de Mayo celebratory meals! Enjoy and spread the word!