Today is International Celiac Awareness Day. The goal of the day is to raise awareness about Celiac disease, and the strict gluten-free diet that goes along with it.
Celiac disease is a long term autoimmune-disorder primarily affecting the small intestine that causes reactions to gluten. A protein commonly found in wheat, rye, and barley products.
The Canadian Celiac Association sent all federal Members of Parliament a letter with a Celiac Awareness ribbon, and have been asked to wear it today to show their support.
May is Celiac Awareness month in Canada. The disease affects roughly 1 in 133 Canadians.
For more information:
Canadian Celiac Association