Diet and Nutrition

Ice Cravings Associated with Celiac Disease

What is Celiac Disease?

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that is genetically inherited. In celiac disease, the ingestion of gluten leads to the small intestine becoming damaged. It affects 1 in 100 people worldwide. When a person who has celiac disease ingests a item containing gluten, such as different types of bread (rye, barley, and wheat), his or her body creates a response to this and attacks the small intestine. The attacks can damage the villi, which is the lining of the small intestine. These small, finger-like objects that line the small intestine promote nutrient  absorption. When damaged, nutrients will not be absorbed properly in the body.