3 Things You Should Know About Celiac Disease

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If you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time, then you probably know that I am the mom of 3 kiddos with multiple food allergies and two of them also have Celiac disease.

In addition to it being Asthma and Allergy Awareness month, May is also Celiac Awareness Month so I’ve been thinking about ways that I can help raise awareness around Celiac disease. I’ve asked myself, “What do I want people to know about Celiac?” After pondering this question, I’ve come up with the top three things I wish everyone knew.

3 Things You Should Know About Celiac Disease

#1. Celiac Disease is a Growing Health Problem

Currently, about 1 in 133 people in the US have Celiac disease. The number of adults over 50 years of age with Celiac has more than doubled between the years of 1988 and 2012.(1) Research has shown the prevalence of Celiac disease in children to be 5 times higher than in adults.(2)

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How to Safely Share Your Kitchen with Gluten-Eating Family Members

If you have Celiac disease or another form of gluten sensitivity, you know that you must adhere to a gluten-free diet. In order to stay healthy,Butter and bread you also need to avoid cross-contact between gluten-free foods and foods that contain gluten (ie. foods made with wheat, barely, or rye ingredients).  When other family members are still eating foods that contain gluten, this can be a bit of a challenge.

My family has a number of food allergies, food sensitivities, and autoimmune conditions that are triggered by a number of different foods. Some foods, like peanuts and tree nuts, are banned from ever entering the house because the risk for anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction that can result in death) is just too high. Other allergens are allowed in the house, as long as everyone follows safe-food handling practices to prevent cross-contact.

Most of my family is gluten-free but my husband still likes to eat gluten-containing foods like bread and pizza. We have definitely had to implement a few safeguards to keep the rest of the family healthy.

Here are my top 7 tips to safely share your kitchen with your gluten-eating family members.

1) Get a new toaster.

The girls and I don’t eat any bread at all but if you plan on eating toasted gluten-free bread, you will need to get a new toaster that is used exclusively for breads that do not contain gluten. Toasters usually house so many bread crumbs that it’s impossible to clean them out completely. If you don’t have room for a second toaster or just don’t feel like buying a second one, you can also use a toaster oven. Just be sure to clean it out between uses. Another option is to stick with toasting your bread on a pan in your oven. Hey, it has worked for many years.

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