Today's post is sponsored by Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Events!
This event is sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods, a national allergen free company and in collaboration with ECHO Event Solutions, who have brought many Local and National vendors into the spotlight in cities across the nation. This event will have a strong emphasis on local Baton Rouge vendors as well, featuring gluten free roux and other local favorites.
The goal of the event is to build awareness of product options for the dietary requirements of those who need to eat Gluten and Allergen free and to raise funds for the celiac support group of Baton Rouge, LA. Equally important is to highlight local and national companies that are producing exceptional gluten-free/allergen-free products that are equivalent or superior to typical products that contain gluten.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. When people with celiac disease eat foods or use products containing gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, barley and possibly oats, their immune system responds by damaging or destroying villi—the tiny, fingerlike protrusions lining the small intestine that allow nutrients from food to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Without healthy villi, a person becomes malnourished, no matter how much food one eats. Researchers have found that more than 3 million Americans have the disease, or about 1 in 133 people, and that the prevalence of the disease is rising. The only treatment for celiac disease is complete elimination of gluten in the diet. Other conditions that may be improved by elimination of gluten in the diet are autism and Type 1 diabetes. There are many links to celiac disease and other sensitivities to foods like dairy, casein, and soy.
Special Guests include - Carol Kicinski , America's Gluten Free Voice, Gluten Free TV Chef - Daytime TV - Nationally syndicated (NBC) in 3rd season, Founder & Editor in Chief of SIMPLY GLUTEN FREE magazine, Cookbook Author, GF Blogger since 2007, food writer published in over 100 newspapers in America.
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