Celiac disease (Allergy to Wheat, Rye and Barley) – has long been considered a disease of the west and is now making steady in-roads into Indian soil also.
According to a rough estimate from Indian doctors, almost 97% of the cases go undetected until the disease has caused its complications. This is primarily because nobody has heard about this kind of allergy where a person cannot even eat the plain wheat flour i.e. gehu ka atta.
What is Celiac disease?
Celiac disease is a lifelong, digestive disease affecting children and adults. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein found in almost all food products made with Wheat, Rye and Barley.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
The common symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, gas and bloating along with stunted growth in children.
Although Celiac disease can be diagnosed at any age, it commonly occurs during early childhood (between 9 and 24 months).
The disease is often un-diagnosed or misdiagnosed. Definitive diagnosis involves biopsy of the small intestine, showing tissue damage.
What could be the complications caused by Celiac disease?
Gluten can damage the small intestine and interfere with absorption of nutrients from food.
Eating even a small amount of gluten can damage the small intestine and it can occur in anyone with the disease, including people without noticeable symptoms.
It can also cause Thyroid, Liver disease and multiple Sclerosis (MS).
What’s the solution?
For adults and children diagnosed with celiac disease, the only treatment is a gluten-free diet. In order to heal existing intestinal damage and prevent further damage, people must avoid gluten for the rest of their lives.
For most people, following a gluten-free diet will stop symptoms, heal existing intestinal damage, and prevent further damage. Improvement begins within days of starting the diet.
Do we know any body suffering from Celiac at inHouseRecipes?
In our case, Maahi Gupta’s nephew is suffering from this allergic Celiac. He was diagnosed with this disease when he was 2 years old. It was tough to digest this fact as nobody else in the family had any history of this disease. General physicians were not even able to diagnose the disease as it required some specific tests to done for pin-pointing the cause of diarrhea.
We suggest you to see a Gastroenterologist – A stomach specialist doctor, if you feel that something is wrong with your digestion.
Gluten Free Indian Recipes
To avoid Gluten in Indian food, you have to completely avoid wheat flour and refined wheat flour (Maida) . It is quite challenging to avoid these two but there is no need to lose heart.
Good news is that Indian food items like White Rice or Brown Rice, Gram Flour, Maize Flour and Soyabean Flour do NOT contain gluten and hence are good to eat.
Normally, most of the items in South Indian cuisine are considered Gluten-Free since they are made with either rice or Urad Lentil (Urad Dal). Food items like Rice Idli, Rice Dosa, Sambar, Rice Uttapam or Vada are safe for Celiac patient.
We have a collection of Gluten Free Indian Recipes in case you are suffering from this disease. All these recipes have been tried and tested in our kitchen. We keep adding more recipes as and when we explore. Do bookmark this link.
Share your experience and recipes
We welcome you to share your experience with this disease and any tips or recipes with others in the comments section. If we really like your tip/recipe, we would publish it with your name and link.