Gluten Free In­for­ma­tion

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Ac­cord­ing to the “Best Health Mag­a­zine”, 6% of Cana­di­ans have gluten sen­si­tiv­ity. And celiac disease af­fects one in 133 Cana­di­ans. There are some large or­ga­ni­za­tions that help Cana­di­ans who suf­fer from gluten is­sues. One is a “Celiac As­so­ci­a­tion” in On­tario. The other is the “Celiac Scene” in Vic­to­ria, BC. I also found in­for­ma­tion on the Coeliac Disease Web­site from the UK. Trav­ellers from Switzer­land, Aus­tria & Ger­many that suf­fer from gluten, can look up lo­cal in­for­ma­tion to find ho­tels, restau­rants, shops and spe­cialty stores that of­fer gluten-free op­tions here: http://www.coeliac.org.uk/gluten-free-diet-life­style/eat­ing-out-and-travel/travel-and-hol­i­days/travel-in­for­ma­tion-and-trans­la­tions.

The web­site called “Cana­dian Celiac As­so­ci­a­tion” de­fines Celiac Disease as a “med­i­cal con­di­tion in which the ab­sorp­tive sur­face of the small in­tes­tine is dam­aged by a sub­stance called gluten. Com­mon symp­toms are ane­mia, chronic di­ar­rhea, weight loss, fa­tigue, cramps, bloat­ing and ir­ri­tabil­ity. They also share how im­por­tant it is to be aware that to­day’s pro­cessed and pack­aged foods have many hid­den sources of gluten, which can be un­in­ten­tially in­gested. The 3 main cul­prits are soups, lun­cheon meats and sausages.”

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