I’ve been gluten-free for about four years now – I’m also soy free. I wasn’t always sensitive to gluten and soy (and dairy too)… but I developed these food intolerances after my second child was born.
Gluten intolerance is quite manageable; but celiac disease is a whole other story. I know some parents whose children have celiac which means eating gluten-free is a must.
About 3 million Americans have celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that’s triggered when they eat gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and other grains – it’s the stuff that makes dough elastic and gives bread its chewy texture.
When someone with celiac disease eats something with gluten, their body overreacts to the protein and damages their villi, which are very small finger-like projections found along the wall of the small intestine. You need to have proper testing to determine whether you are celiac.