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May is National Celiac Awareness Month

May - National Celiac Awareness MonthCeliac Awareness Month is an event held throughout the United States each May to raise awareness about celiac disease and to highlight the work of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) and other organizations which provide support for those affected.

Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease that damages the small intestine causing the rate of nutrient absorption from food to be reduced. The symptoms of the disease can include a wide range of symptoms from no noticeable symptoms to severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and muscle spasms. People with celiac disease are sensitive to gluten which triggers these symptoms. Gluten is a protein found in grains such as barley, wheat, and rye. Fortunately, the treatment for celiac disease and gluten intolerance is straightforward: Avoid foods which contain gluten.

This month-long event also helps to educate the public about gluten free foods and encourages appropriate food labeling on food items. Here at Redi-Base Cooking, we carry 19 gluten free products, including cooking bases and a gluten-free roux. Each product has been laboratory tested to be Gluten Free (less than 20 ppm gliadin).

For more information on Celiac Disease and Celiac Awareness Month, please visit Beyond Celiac.org.