For someone with celiac disease, this harmless piece of pasta could cause a major problem. This disease occurs when the body’s immune system has an unusual response to gluten. Gluten are a form of protein found in grain-based foods, like wheat, barley, or rye.
Villi’s line the small intestine. These are tiny, finger-like projections. Villi’s play an important role in absorbing nutrients from the food we eat. With celiac disease, gluten causes the villi to become swollen and damaged. This effects their ability to absorb nutrients, potentially leading to poor nutrition and even osteoporosis. This can also cause symptoms like gut-ache, bloating, and flatulence. Constipation or diarrhoea are also common.
Avoiding foods that contain gluten will help ease these symptoms. Medication can also help control the inflammation while the villi heal. Once healed, a gluten free diet will help you avoid any future flare-ups.