Key distinctions between celiac disease and gluten allergies

09/30/2013 | Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, Mass.), The

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the consumption of gluten-containing foods leads to damage in the small intestine, whereas a wheat allergy is an allergic response that may be outgrown in some cases, experts say. In either case, patients may experiment with eliminating gluten-containing foods from their diets to see if their conditions improve. The FDA recently approved voluntary food labeling standards for gluten-free claims.

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