Unexplained Rise in the Incidence of Celiac Disease

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When I was growing up, Celiac Disease seemed to be almost unknown. I know it was a battle for my mother to convince our doctor that I had anything wrong. It took a real battle for her to get me diagnosed. Over the years the medical community seems to have dramatically increased their understanding of celiac disease. This has led to a lot more people being diagnosed with this complaint.

However, there seems to have been an unexplained rise in celiac disease since the 1950’s. Usually, the prevalence of celiac disease in the community is rated at about 1% of the population. However, an analysis of 20 years worth of data tracking the development of the disease in at risk children found that the actual prevalence was more like 3%.

It has also been shown that there has been a significant increase in antibodies associated with celiac disease in the general US population since the 1950’s.¬†Sweden, also, experienced what is now referred to as a celiac epidemic in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. One study estimated that as many as 3 percent of children born at the height of the epidemic had developed celiac disease by the age of 12, though rates dropped back down to just over 2 percent for children born in 1997.

One of the concerns for the medical community is that the increase of celiac disease to 3% of the population means it is now a relatively common disease. But they cannot explain why the increase has occurred. One theory is that there has been a significant increase in the amount of gluten being consumed. People now eat much more wheat products such as breads, cakes etc. as compared to previous communities who relied more on meat and vegetables.

Authorities are now looking to examine both the cause of the increase, and what is triggering celiac disease in people general in more detail. In the meantime, if you’d like to read the article I did, you can find it here.

Your Sunday Lunch

Image of Gluten Free Pastie
Gluten Free Pastie

Last Sunday I was hunting around for something reasonably easy and healthy for lunch. I had an urge for something hot and tasty, but didn’t want to go to the effort of creating puff pastry. So I dragged out one of my old cookbooks, and had a stab at adapting flaky pastry. I have to say I was very pleased with the result, and it inspired me to make some pasties.

When I was at school I used to love pasties. Hot, spicy and tasty. But I haven’t had them in years. Now I’ve made them once, I reckon I’ll definitely be making them again though!

If you’d like to give them a go, then the recipe is here.

And your Sweet  Treat for the Week

I love lemons. I love the flavours and how they can be used for both sweet and savoury dishes. We have a lemon tree here and I regularly raid it for some fruit to use in some of my dishes.

This slice is one I put together sometimes when I have friends coming over for lunch or afternoon tea. It takes a while to make so it’s not one you can throw together in a hurry. But, trust me, the time spent is worth it.

While this recipe is reasonably sweet, you can pump up the lemon in the lemon butter if you like it more tangy like I do.

So, without further ado, I give you my recipe for Lemon Coconut Slice.

Gluten Free Lemon Coconut Slice
Gluten Free Lemon Coconut Slice








Until next week, take care and eat well




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