Celiac Disease

Eating Edible knows the importance of understanding celiac disease. Once celiac disease is diagnosed you must learn to follow a celiac diet. That means gluten-free cooking all the time.

Eating Edible makes the perfect gluten-free care packages for kids with celiac disease.  A celiac diet is a gluten-free diet. College gluten-free care packages, and summer camp care packages strike a particularly personal note with us. Our son needs gluten-free care packages and dairy-free care packages, wheat-free care packages and egg-free care packages all rolled up into one!

What is celiac disease?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents the absorption of nutrients. Celiac disease is ignited by the consumption of gluten.

This malabsorption can cause long-term complications such as anemia, liver disease, osteoporosis, infertility and cancers of the intestine. Currently, there is no cure for celiac disease. At this time, the only treatment for celiac disease patients is a strict gluten-free diet for life.

What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat (durum, farina, graham, kamut, semolina, spelt), rye, barley, triticale (a blend of rye and barley), bran, tef, and cous cous and present in many foods. The body does not recognize the ingested gluten as food, but instead as a foreign substance.

How common is celiac disease?
Celiac disease afflicts 1 in 133 people in the United States. Unfortunately, the majority of those affected are still undiagnosed. Symptoms of the disease vary in nature and severity.

Celiac Disease is not a gluten allergy or gluten intolerance.

Gluten intolerance versus  gluten allergy
The main difference between a gluten intolerance and a gluten allergy is how the body reacts to the trigger food. When experiencing a gluten intolerance, the body reacts with a negative physiological or metabolic response but the body’s immune system is not affected. In contrast, a gluten allergy is an adverse immune system reaction that occurs after eating a food that contains gluten. The immune system responds to the gluten allergen as harmful and attacks it.

Visit the resources area of our site for links to celiac support organizations and websites that provide more information.

Everyone should be familiar with the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).
GINA was signed into law on May 21, 2008. It prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of their genetic information in both employment and health care. This legislation is vital to all individuals who have, or whose family members may have a genetic condition such as celiac disease. For more information, go to the Coalition for Genetic Fairness.

All ingredients on our gluten-free care packages for students and campers with celiac disease are clearly labeled, as they are on all our care packages.