If you are eating gluten free food and being very careful, you are safe and keeping healthy right?
Not necessarily so!
I know this may come as a shock and many of you reading this, might not want to hear it.
Many celiac people have no outward symptoms! They are only safe as long as there is NO gluten whatsoever. So you may be one of those people and you may not realize that your small intestine is being damaged when you are eating at a restaurant or having something with only a little gluten in it.
Here are some quotes and some links that may shed some more light on this issue.
One of the important conclusions made by the research group is that the possibility of celiac disease should be strongly considered in people with other autoimmune disorders, even if those people do not show gastrointestinal symptoms traditionally associated with celiac disease.
People with celiac disease may have no symptoms but can still develop complications of the disease over time. Long-term complications include malnutrition—which can lead to anemia, osteoporosis, and miscarriage, among other problems—liver diseases, and cancers of the intestine.
Why Go Gluten-Free If Your Celiac Is Silent?
It can be tough to go and stay gluten-free if you don’t notice gastrointestinal symptoms from your condition. There’s no doubt that eating gluten-free can be complicated and difficult, andcheating on the gluten-free diet is pretty tempting if you don’t suffer from symptoms.
However, there are two reasons to stay gluten-free even if you don’t notice major symptoms from gluten ingestion.
The first is to safeguard your long-term health. Cheating on the diet can cause some pretty significant health problems, including malnutrition, infertility, osteoporosis and potentially even certain cancers.
Even cheating once or twice a month can prevent your intestines from healing and perpetuate the immune system response, so eating gluten occasionally is almost as bad as eating it constantly.
I know for many people, it is not popular and it was the same for us when the diagnosis came in. We were less than excited about not being able to eat at restaurants or have family get togethers, the way we used to.
For the first year or so I worked very hard at finding workable solutions for celiac’s to be able to dine out and find convenient ways to get fed. What I realized is that it is not worth the risk. Eating something from a restaurant or from a kind family member is not worth the long term risks, if you are not 100% sure.
If you knew that you could do something to prevent an auto-immune disease like MS or arthritis in the future, wouldn’t it be worth it?
I think the answer is easily yes.