Let's do a little quiz this lovely Sunday. How much do you know about Celiac disease?
TRUE of FALSE?
1. Celiac disease is hereditary
2. Quinoa contains gluten
3. About 1% of the population has celiac disease
4. Celiac disease is curable
5. Buckwheat doesn't contain gluten
6. It is estimated that 83% of Americans who have celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions
7. Oats are gluten free
8. Celiac disease is a child's disease and can be outgrown
9. Sorghum is gluten free
10. According to a study, gluten-free products were on average 242% more expensive than regular products
1. TRUE. People with a 1st degree relative with celiac disease (i.e. parent or sibling) have a 10% risk of developing celiac disease, according to CDF.
2. FALSE. Quinoa is a seed that contains absolutely no gluten, and it's delicious so it makes for an excellent gf pasta substitute.
3. TRUE. It's estimated that 1 in 133 Americans have celiac disease
4. FALSE. Unfortunately there's no cure or medication for celiac disease. There is a lot of research going on for treatments that one day will make it easier to live with celiac disease, but for now the only medication is a 100% gluten free diet.
5. TRUE. Even though it's name is a bit misleading, buckwheat has absolutely nothing to do with wheat. It isn't actually a grain but a seed just like quinoa, and it's completely gluten free!
6. TRUE. Many people unfortunately live with celiac disease without getting the correct diagnose.
7. TRUE & FALSE. This was somewhat of a trick question. Oats doesn't contain any gluten but are most of the times cross-contaminated with wheat. Look for oats labeled gluten free!
8. FALSE. Unlike some allergies/child's diseases, celiac disease can never be outgrown. If you are correctly diagnosed with celiac disease it's staying with you the rest of your life. So make friends with it early, it makes it a lot easier!
9. TRUE. Like quinoa & buckwheat, sorghum is completely gluten free. And it's an excellent substitute when baking gluten free!
10. TRUE. Yes, buying gluten free is crazy expensive. The best way to live gluten free on a budget is to not buy too many gluten free substitutes but rather use raw, proper ingredients and cook your meals from scratch. It's healthier and better for your wallet.