“After I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I said yes to food, with great enthusiasm. . . I vowed to taste everything I could eat, rather than focusing on what I could not.”
― Shauna James Ahern
If you’re a lover of grains and light breads, cereals, and pastries, then you have a life deeply steeped in gluten. Throughout the world, this includes most people as bread has been, in all its forms, one of the foundational ingredients in most cultures diets. Celiac Awareness Day was developed to raise awareness of the condition that makes the consumption of gluten a painful and harrowing experience, and the millions of people who experience it.
History Of Celiac Awareness Day
Celiac Awareness Day was developed by the United States Senate to raise awareness of this condition, stating in their resolution that we all “should become more informed and aware of celiac disease.” Celiac disease was first discovered by Samuel Gee in 1888, a pediatrician who recognized that the symptoms he was observing were all tied to the diet of his patients. In honor of this man and the lives that he has helped to make better through awareness and education about this disease, his birthday was selected as the yearly celebration for Celiac Awareness Day.
Celiac disease affects the lower intestine and occurs in those who have a genetic predisposition to the condition. The disease is a result as part of a reaction to gluten, a protein found primarily in grains like barley, wheat, and rye. While it can persist into adulthood, it is most common among those aged six months to two years, and in these patients can cause serious issues due to poor nutrient absorption, often causing anemia. For all sufferers of Celiac disease, the only treatment is a lifelong diet free from gluten.
How To Celebrate Celiac Awareness Day
The best way to celebrate Celiac Awareness Day is by developing an understanding of how to prepare gluten-free foods. 1 out of every 100 people on Earth are thought to suffer from some degree of this disease, so it’s likely that someone in your friends or family would be grateful for another person who understands their needs. There’s nothing better for someone who suffers from Celiac than being able to be presented with a special meal they can enjoy without reservation. Celiac Awareness Day is your opportunity to learn a little more about the lives of those who live with Celiac.