It's a good time for those who have Celiac disease or will get diagnosed in the future. Last month the FDA made a ruling regulating gluten free labeling. Any packaged foods that label themselves as "gluten free" must be compliant with FDA standards.
'A gluten-free claim means the food contains less than 20 parts per million of gluten, the protein found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye, an FDA spokeswoman said, adding that this is consistent with the threshold followed by other countries and international bodies that set food safety standards.' While this ruling specifically applies to packaged foods, the FDA is encouraging restaurants to comply with these regulations as well.
This is very exciting for those who have Celiac disease. Adhering to a gluten free diet is the only solution to this disease. There is no cure and there's no medication that will make your body tolerate gluten. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease which causes inflammation in your small intestine. If you continue to consume gluten-containing products, your gut will remain inflamed, which not only causes discomfort, but also can cause bloating, nausea, vomiting, malabsorption of nutrients, weight loss, infertility and even cancer over time.
Being able to be confident in the products that you're paying good money for and knowing they aren't going to cause you harm is a welcome relief to those following a gluten free diet. Gluten free products have surged in popularity over the last few years. Products are getting better and the variety is significantly better than it used to be. Considering over 3 million Americans live with Celiac disease, the impact on this ruling is huge.