May is Celiac Awareness Month. Celiac disease, also called celiac sprue, is a digestive disorder that occurs when an individual's immune system overreacts to the protein gluten, or other proteins within gluten such as gliadin, found in grains including wheat, rye, barley, and to some degree, oats. When a patient with the disease eats food that contains gluten, the immune system's response damages the intestinal lining. This causes symptoms of abdominal pain and bloating after consuming gluten.
Natural Standard celebrates Celiac Awareness Month by highlighting several gluten free recipes:
Gluten free pancakes: This low sodium, heart healthy, low fat recipe uses almond and soy flour in place of whole wheat flour.
Gluten free zucchini bread: This high fiber, low cholesterol recipe uses a combination of coconut and almond flour.
Gluten free meatballs: This low fat meatball recipe features Romano cheese and oregano.
For more information about Celiac Awareness Month, please visit the National Foundation of Celiac Awareness website.