The statistics in Canada for Celiac Disease are overwhelming. According to the Canadian Celiac Association, 1 in 133 people have Celiac Disease. Celiac Disease is hereditary. About 10% of relatives of family members who have Celiac, have a high risk of having it. There are different degrees of wheat allergies, from mild (gluten intolerant ), to moderate (wheat allergy) to the most severe which is Celiac decease. The symptoms can vary from upset stomach, nausea, headaches, and much worse such as anemia, weight loss, ulcers and even diabetes. Celiac Disease is commonly misdiagnosed as lactose intolerance. Your doctor or naturopath can determine if you have Celiac Disease by doing a saliva or blood test. If you test positive for Celiac Disease, they will do an intestinal biopsy. If you are diagnosed as a Celiac or as having a wheat allergy, eliminating wheat and gluten from your diet completely is very difficult.
We have defiantly come a long way in our food choices there is a large selection of wheat and gluten free foods such rice hamburger buns, rice pasta, cookies, and much more. Because of the severity, wheat allergies are quite different from gluten intolerance. Gluten intolerance does not limit what you eat nearly as much. The symptoms for a wheat allergy include skin conditions including eczema, as well as tiredness, headaches and a sore stomach. A gluten intolerance doesn't affect the immune system; this means you are able to consume a large variety of foods which are not allowed in the wheat free diet, but you may still end up with a skin condition such as eczema.
A wheat free diet is much more difficult to follow than the gluten free diet because you cannot consume foods such as barley, rye or oats. Eating out can be hard especially since a lot of the foods you wouldn't suspect of having wheat or gluten in them. Many restaurants offer gluten and wheat free options and they are often clearly marked on the menu.If you re not sure, it is best to ask your server.
Here ire a few great gluten free cookbooks for you to check out: