But researchers estimate that some 80 percent of Americans currently going gluten-free do not have celiac disease.
Dr. Alessio Fasano, the director of the Center for celiac Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, agrees.
“Gluten sensitivity is the new kid on the block,” says Alice Bast, president of the National Foundation for celiac Awareness.
But it turns out that patients with celiac disease actually might, and I was in error when I suggested otherwise.
For people with celiac disease, consuming gluten triggers an immune response in the digestive system.
Hasselbeck, who suffers from celiac disease, has written two books about gluten-free diets.
For celiac patients, avoiding certain gluten-containing cosmetics is important.
Anyone who suffers from gluten sensitivity, intolerance, or celiac disease knows how troublesome the problem is.
One more thing: celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity are not the same as a wheat allergy.
But celiac sufferers find themselves with lots of company these days.
celiac ce·li·ac or coe·li·ac (sē'lē-āk')
Of or relating to the abdomen or abdominal cavity.