I never understood gluten-free diets until half a year ago, when I met my boyfriend who is a celiac. It is ironic as I used to “mock” those people who consume gluten-free food. Because at that time, I believed it’s only a “fancy and trendy” celebrity or hipster lifestyle they tried to follow. And now, since I am more aware of what gluten and celiac disease really is, I started to understand them and would actually choose the gluten-free option whenever it is available. Therefore, I truly wish to apologise to all those people who follow a gluten-free diet either for celiac or non-celiac reasons for my past ignorance.
According to a few scientific research sites, in short, gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, and celiac disease is an immune reaction to gluten as if it were “poison”. When someone with celiac eats gluten, his/her immune system would react to it by destroying a part of the small intestine that absorbs important nutrients, which can lead to serious illness. Celiac disease happens in one out of 141 people, however, most of them have not been diagnosed. For me, I haven’t checked any doctors to figure out if I’m a celiac or not, but I do experience stomach and digestion problems almost constantly. Recently, I got diagnosed with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease(GRD). According to some researches, it can trigger celiac disease but celiac disease can also be a trigger for GRD. I began to pay more attention to the food I consume daily and started to experiment with a not-so-strict gluten-free diet.
In this “Eva Eats Gluten Free” Category, I will write more about what snacks or food I eat and which restaurants or bakeries I go to for gluten-free food. 🙂