It’s May! Hooray!
While May is notable for all manner of spring-like things, did you know that it is also Celiac Awareness Month? Tis true!
If you just said, “Celiac A-what?” to yourself, allow me to explain. Folks with celiac disease have trouble digesting gluten, a protein commonly found in wheat, rye, and barley. In fact, for them, consumption of gluten causes inflammation in the small intestine and ultimately makes it hard for them to absorb nutrients from food. It can cause many unpleasant symptoms, and in general is just not fun at all! According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, “Celiac disease affects 3 million Americans, yet 95% of sufferers don’t know they have it.”
There is not yet a cure for celiac disease, but luckily there is effective treatment: a gluten-free diet! And there are lots of great resources out there to help folks find tasty and innovative ways to stick to that diet. For example, our gum chum Jeanne “Bean” Murdock was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1995 and has been consulting on the condition and diet ever since. Owner of BEANFIT HEALTH AND FITNESS SERVICES, Jeanne recently launched the first health and fitness radio show and column for people with celiac disease and others interested in learning more about maintaining a gluten-free diet. Check out her website for more info and ideas!
Now, you know as an illustrated mascot I can never resist a shameless plug. So hope you won’t mind my closing with a li’l reminder that Glee Gum is gluten-free, too! Can I get a woo hoo? Ah. Thank you. 😉