Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. When the small intestine is damaged, it is difficult for the body to absorb nutrients. Left untreated, people with celiac disease are at risk for other conditions. It is estimated that 1 in every 133 Americans has celiac disease, or approximately 3 million people. Unfortunately, 83% of those estimated to have the disease are either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
Nationally recognized registered dietitian and certified natural chef Rachel Begun talks about gluten-free living for Celiac Disease Awareness Month.