There are several reason why a person would consider going on a gluten-free diet. A very common reason is that their doctor has just informed them that they are suffering from celiac disease. This is an autoimmune disease that is caused by an adverse reaction to gliadin, the gluten protein in wheat. If someone who has celiac disease continues to consume wheat containing foods, they will experience a host of negative side effects and also be at a very high risk of developing cancer in their gastrointestinal system. Some signs and symptoms of celiac disease include nutrient deficiency, weight loss, diarrhea, weakness, bloating and malnutrition.
If you know someone who is suffering from celiac disease, it is a good idea to support them in their efforts to stay away from wheat containing foods. If a special occasion is around the corner, you can pruchase gluten free gift baskets online. A popular one is offered by Vanilla Spoons. They have a basket for just about any occasion that you can imagine such as graduation, movie mania and a “close encounter of the sweet kind”. They are great because they offer many gluten free mixes that allow someone with wheat intolerance to enjoy foods that they would not otherwise be able to enjoy such as pizza, muffins, cupcakes, brownies, pancakes, waffles and frosting.
If you do not want to give them a gift basket, why not consider giving them a gluten free cookbook? There are many to be found online from Amazon. Most of them will offer everything from gluten free bread recipes to soups to appetizers and entrees. They can teach them how to make gluten free crackers and pasta! One to consider purchasing is More from the Gluten Free Gourmet: Delicious Dining without Wheat! It is a highly recommended book that is sure to please anyone that is trying to live gluten free!