Gluten-intolerant diseases, or Celiac Disease, have been around for centuries. In the 2nd century AD, Aretaeus of Cappodocia wrote literature about coeliac diathesis, or “suffering of the bowels”.
1 in 133 Americans is affected by celiac disease.
Willem Dicke performed research and concluded that children and adults benefited from excluding wheat, rye, and oat. Instead, he substituted rice for the other grains.
While celiac disease has been around for hundreds of years, there has definitely been a surge in popularity and information about gluten free diets in recent years. Only 1 percent of the American population has celiac disease, but some people have promoted a gluten free diet as a weight loss method. Elizabeth Hasselbeck of the View published a book called the G-free Diet in 2009, helping to bring this disease and diet into the mainstream.
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