Celiac Disease

Cumulative Investigative Information on Celiac Disease is in Agreement

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Abundant Life Foods has the very best cup-for-cup Gluten Free Flour on the market today!  In addition, our Pancake Mixes (5 flavors) are used by some of the best Pancake Houses in the US.  In our Gluten Free Baking line we also offer 9 Cookie Mix flavors, 8 Cake Mix flavors, 3 Brownie Mix flavors, 6 Muffin Mix flavors, and 6 Scone Mix flavors, Biscuit Mix, Pie Cruse Mix, Pizza Dough Mix, and a Maple Syrup Mix.  Then there are the non-baking items: 8 Gluten Free Soup Mixes, Onion Ring Batter, 5 Gluten Free Gravy Mixes (non-Kosher) and 2 Gluten Free Sauce Mixes.

When individuals with Celiac Disease (CD) ingest gluten, the protein in all wheat, barley and rye products, the cilli, tiny hair-like projections in the small intestines do not effectively absorb basic nutrients, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and, in some cases, water and bile salts.

The cause of Celiac Disease, also known as gluten sensitive enteropathy (GSE), is still a mystery.  One out of 133 people in the United States is affected with Celiac Disease.  Family members who have an autoimmune disease are at a 25% increased risk of having Celiac Disease. Celiac Disease is not a food allergy — it is an autoimmune disease.  Food allergies, including wheat allergy, are conditions that people can grow out of.  This is not the case with Celiac Disease.  If Celiac Disease is left untreated, damage to the small bowel can be chronic and life threatening, causing an increased risk of associated disorders, both nutritional and immune related.

Some long-term conditions that can result from untreated Celiac Disease:

  •     Iron deficiency anemia
  •     Early onset osteoporosis and osteopenia
  •     Vitamin K deficiency associated with the risk of hemorrhaging
  •     Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  •     Central and peripheral nervous system disorders
  •     Pancreatic insufficiency
  •     Intestinal lymphomas and other GI cancers
  •     Neurological manifestations
  •     Gall bladder malfunction

In addition there are other associated autoimmune disorders:

  •     Insulin-dependent Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (Juvenile Diabetes)
  •     Thyroid Disease
  •     Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  •     Liver Diseases

Less commonly linked to Celiac Disease:

  •     Addison’s Disease
  •     Chronic Active Hepatitis
  •     Down Syndrome
  •     Rheumatoid Arthritis
  •     Turner syndrome
  •     Williams Syndrome
  •     Sjögren’s Syndrome
  •     Fibromyalgia
  •     Alopecia Areata
  •     Scleroderma

In the above list there are 7 which affect several within our extended family.  This disease literally affects someone we know.  And the way to manage the condition is to replace all of the known unsafe wheat derivatives in the foods available to a celiac patient and replace them with safe foods.

Abundant Life Foods seeks to help everyone looking to remove gluten from their diet.