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National Celiac Disease Awareness Day

September 13th, 2021 · No Comments · City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Today is national Celiac Disease Awareness Day. This day hopes to bring a better understanding for this disease. This day is observed on September 13, on the birthday of Samuel Gee. He was an English physician, and was the one to describe the disease and treatment for it, for the present day. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease, meaning the body attacks its own self, when exposed to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley.  In Latin: gluten means glue, which holds the grains together. The only treatment for Celiac Disease is avoiding gluten. According to the Mayo Clinic: “70% remain exposed to gluten while on the gluten-free diet, putting their long term health at risk.” Food cooked in a toaster, pans, pots that had gluten cooked in them: is contaminated. This food is not safe for people with Celiac Disease. Finding and making your own gluten-free food has come a long way in recent years. I have followed a gluten-free diet for 8 years, and during that short amount of time there has been many changes for the better, in gluten-free food availability. There is more information and resources to utilize. One of my favorite gluten-free cookbooks is The How can it be Gluten Free Cookbook, America’s Test Kitchen. This cookbook goes into greater detail about different types of flours available, comparing the different brands of gluten-free flours: Bob’s Red Mill Flour, King Arthur: Gluten Free Flour Blend & their mixture of America’s Test Kitchen. Some of my favorite recipes from this cookbook include: Brazilian Cheese Rolls (taste like Cheez It), Pizza Dough, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Dark Chocolate Cupcakes. Come to the library, checkout National Celiac Disease Awareness Day display. There are books about Celiac Disease, and Gluten-Free cookbooks. Also, checkout our ebook platforms for more resources.

Susanna: Library Staff

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