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Sponsored: Celiac Awareness Month — Myths and Misinformation

Sponsored: Celiac Awareness Month — Myths and Misinformation

Myth: Celiac disease means you have an allergy to gluten.

Fact: Celiac disease is NOT a food allergy and it is not correct to refer to it as a "gluten allergy". Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack itself (an autoimmune response) when gluten is consumed.

Individuals with an allergy to wheat are NOT experiencing the same thing as having celiac disease.

Myth: Someone with celiac disease can still eat small amounts of gluten.

Fact: If a person has celiac disease even small amounts of gluten can cause damage to the intestinal villi. Even if the person is asymptomatic (doesn't seem to have symptoms or a reaction) the damage is still occurring.

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Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian


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