JUNE 17 - LIVING GLUTEN FREE
Members We Missed: Blair, Cole, Dennis, Hart, Mann, Murphy, Whitney
During announcements, Bruce noted that he and Shirley were having a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Stony Brook Campground, and invited club members to attend -- Thurs. 6/19 at 5 pm.
Suzanne's program presentation was on "Living Gluten Free." She noted that about 3 million people in the U.S. have celiac disease, caused by gluten which occurs in the grains wheat, barley, and rye. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the lining of the small intestine is severely damaged and nutrients from food are not properly absorbed. A much larger number of people have non-celiac gluten sensitivity, a less serious category in which a person may not feel quite right but be unaware of the cause. A gluten-free diet is the answer for both categories. She noted that avoiding gluten completely is more difficult that you might think, with many "hidden" sources of gluten. It can be present in food additives, even though the main product is gluten free. There can also be cross contamination, if the same food processing, cooking, or serving equipment is used for both gluten-containing and gluten-free food.