Celiac Disease – Do you have it?

Celiac disease

It is a condition (autoimmune disorder) that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten.  This effects 1 out of 133 people.  A blood test can detect if you have it.  Take the test and see if you have the symptoms: http://www.celiaccentral.org/disease-symptoms-checklist/

 

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein that is found mostly in wheat and wheat products.  READ LABELS

Causes

The exact cause of celiac disease is unknown. The intestines contain projections (called villi) that absorb nutrients. In undiagnosed or untreated celiac disease, these villi become flattened

 

Treatment

You must follow a lifelong gluten-free diet. This allows the intestinal villi to heal. Eliminate foods, beverages, and medications that contain wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats.

 

Eggplant Satay

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 6 Japanese eggplants, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • Thai Kitchen Peanut Satay Sauce

Directions: 1. Place coconut milk, garlic, red curry paste and salt in blender or food processor; cover. Process until smooth. Place eggplant in shallow dish. Pour curry paste mixture over top; turn to coat. Cover.
2. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
3. Broil eggplant 2 to 3 minutes per side or until browned and tender. Serve with Peanut Satay Sauce.

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