The protein in gluten is found in most grains, such as wheat, barley, rye, spelt, and even oats (especially if there is 'cross-contamination' in storage facilities or bakeries). Other grains, such as corn, can be similarly difficult for people with celiac disease to digest and may create inflammation in the bowel just as gluten does. Nuts, too, may be hard for gluten-intolerant individuals to properly digest.
Persistent and constant inflammation (for anyone, not just those with celiac disease) is a precursor to serious diseases like cancer. Celiac (or coeliac) disease is characterized by gut pain and inflammation that begins in the gut and spreads throughout the body. One in three North Americans are likely afflicted by celiac disease, and many more suffer from less extreme forms of gluten-sensitivity.
A longitudinal medical study (1969 to 2008) followed 30,000 individuals in three categories (gluten-sensitivity without extensive inflammation, intestinal inflammation from gluten-sensitivity but not full-blown celiac disease, and celiac disease). Those with constant and persistant inflammation were 72% more likely to die from diseases related to the inflammation (including cancers) than those who managed to prevent inflammation from taking hold. (see http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/302/11/1248)
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