Gluten Free Information
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.”