Mary's Gone Crackers is Gluten Free. For some of us, Conscious Eating is also Gluten Free.
Why Gluten Free?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat (and its cousins spelt and kamut), barley, rye and most oats. People with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that is triggered by the ingestion of gluten, must stay away from these grains completely. There is no medication or other “cures” but complete abstention from gluten. Experts believe that 1 in 133 people in the U.S. have celiac disease. Only 5%, however, are diagnosed.
There are also people who do not have celiac disease, but who have a sensitivity or intolerance to gluten (not the autoimmune response). People in this category can be just as ill as those with celiac disease.
Symptoms of Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance
Because celiac disease and gluten intolerance inhibit the body’s ability to ingest vitamins and minerals, they can cause serious health problems if not treated. Symptoms include migraines, depression and anemia and digestive issues such as bloating, cramping, diarrhea and constipation. Diseases that may be a result of celiac disease or gluten intolerance include:
- attention deficit disorder
- type 1 diabetes
- multiple sclerosis
- thyroid disease
- dermatitis herpetiformis
- rheumatoid arthritis
- Crohn's disease
- irritable bowel syndrome
- some cancers
Despite these serious health problems, doctors in the U.S. are historically undertrained with respect to celiac disease and gluten intolerance. As a result, people can go for years without being properly diagnosed.
There are several wonderful organizations that educate and support regarding these conditions. These include:
Mary’s Gone Crackers knows that gluten free food can taste great and truly nourish our bodies. We also know that it can be challenging to transition to a gluten free lifestyle and we are here to support, educate and feed you on your journey to health.