Gluten-Free Craze Is Boon And Bane For Those With Celiac Disease

January 14, 2015 2:35 PM

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And for people with celiac disease, a serious autoimmune disorder, gluten – a protein found in wheat, rye and barley — really is the boogeyman, triggering painful gastrointestinal inflammation and other symptoms. For these people, the phenomenal popularity of gluten-free diets has been both a blessing and a curse.

Kristen Deschamps, a university student in Calgary, Alberta, says that when she was diagnosed with celiac disease four years ago, "it was virtually impossible to find gluten-free products, and if you did, they tasted terrible."

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