But researchers estimate that some 80 percent of Americans currently going gluten-free do not have celiac disease.
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.
celiac disease n.
A malabsorption disease characterized by sensitivity to gluten and atrophy of the mucosa of the upper small intestine, manifested by diarrhea, steatorrhea, and nutritional and vitamin deficiencies. Also called gluten enteropathy, nontropical sprue.
|celiac disease |
A gastrointestinal disease characterized by an inability to absorb the protein gluten, resulting in diarrhea, the passage of stools having a high fat content, and nutritional and vitamin deficiencies. Individuals with celiac disease must avoid ingesting products made from grains containing gluten, including wheat, rye, barley, and oats.