Hudson/Tampa BayFL – The West Pasco Celiac Support Group visited the St. Vincent De Paul Society on Monday, May 12, 2014, and presented the Society with a donation of gluten free foods.
West Pasco Celiac Support Group conducts meeting at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point on the first Saturday of every month from 10 am to 11:30 am at the Shoreline Cafeteria Conference Room at RMCBP at 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson, Florida 34667. Meetings are open to the public and include recipe demonstrations of a gluten free diet.
The West Pasco Celiac Support Group is dedicated to increasing awareness of celiac disease in west Pasco. Celiac disease affects one percent of healthy, average Americans. However, 97% of those who affected are undiagnosed.
What is celiac disease?
Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten protein and wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is found mainly in foods but may also be found in every day products such as medicines, vitamins, and lip balms. When people with celiac disease eat foods or use products containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging or destroying villi – the tiny, fingerlike protrusions lining the small intestine. Villi normally allow nutrients from food to be absorbed through the walls of the small intestine into the blood stream. Without healthy villi, a person becomes malnourished, no matter how much food one eats.