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What is celiac disease?
Celiac disease is also known as celiac sprue, nontropical sprue, and
gluten-sensitive enteropathy. The exact cause of celiac disease is not clear,
however, the outcome is well established. This disease effects the small
intestine and its ability to absorb nutrients, resulting in deficiencies and
health complications. For more, please read the
Celiac Disease article.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. When you have celiac
disease your body reacts to gluten as if it were toxic. This reaction occurs in
the small intestine and ends up damaging the mucosal surface (the inner lining
of the small intestine). When the mucosal surface is damaged the small intestine
is not able to absorb nutrients properly. These nutrients include
calcium, carbohydrates, protein, and fats.