Keyword: gluten

How does gluten actually attack the villi?

The villi are not attacked by gluten. Gluten only triggers the reaction of the lymphocytes, which thus are become “licensed to kill” (in fact they are called NK cells, where NK stands for Natural Killers), migrate into the lining of the gut, and destroy the cells of the lining by producing chemicals that make them… Read more »

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What are some common ways gluten can sneak into my diet?

In broth, like at Chinese restaurants Foods fried in common grease: chips/tortillas at Mexican restaurants Tortilla press, is the same one used for flour and corn tortillas? Pizza, are there dedicated areas or baking dishes? Imitation crab in sushi Food preparation in restaurants Communion wafers Lipstick, lip gloss Lotions Toothpaste, mouthwash, breath mints, dental treatments… Read more »

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Do most people with celiac disease have the gene turned on at birth?

For celiac disease to develop, you don’t just need the gene(s), but also the contribution of several environmental factors (the first one being gluten, of course), hence the fact that celiac disease can appear at any time and at any age for those who have the gene(s).

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Is it possible to completely eliminate gluten from my diet?

Celiacs must be aware that trace amounts of gluten (remaining gluten residual, cross-contamination, gluten in naturally gluten-free products) will be practically impossible to avoid. A safe limit of intake for most celiacs is less than 100 mg per day, though some do react with as little as 10 mg.

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