Gluten-Free 101 – Event Highlight

Celiac disease is a complicated medical condition which mandates a strict adherence to a gluten-free diet. Over 50 guests welcomed Attila Devenyi, MD of Lancaster General Health and Jennifer Anteau of Made With Love, Not Gluten during Regional Gi’s Gluten-Free 101 presentation. Many benefited from this valuable and informative forum!

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For over 30 years, Dr. Devenyi has served as gastroenterologist pediatrician. Gluten intolerant, Dr. Devenyi has first-hand experience with the disease.

“Celiac is much more than a food allergy to gluten,” argued Devenyi. An auto-immune disease, celiacs disease is described as a permanent sensitivity to gluten, proteins found in wheat, barley and rye. Intestinal symptoms of celiac disease include bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea and weight loss.

“Trust in physicians and dietitians,” recommended Devenyi. “There are numerous barriers to adherence.”

Blood tests are widely used to diagnose celiac disease. At first, adhering to a gluten-free diet may seem overwhelming. However, there are a variety of local resources which make gluten-free living easy!

Jennifer Anteau’s

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Made With Love, Not Gluten, a dedicated gluten-free bakery in Mount Joy, serves a wonderful assortment of gluten-free products including muffins, bagels ands mixes.

“I came from a family of bakers and I was gluten intolerant,” started Anteau.

She was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2009 and after years spent experimenting with gluten-free recipes, Anteau launched Made With Love, Not Gluten in 2012.

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“Be careful to avoid cross contamination when eating out,” recommended Anteau.

Among these recommendations, Anteau presented valuable tips for preparing a gluten-free kitchen and even quizzed the audience on gluten-free food labels. Anteau prepared a selection of gluten-free muffins, cookies and snacks for the event.

Many thanks for your active participation. Regional Gi was very pleased to host this informative event. A special thank you goes to Blue Ridge-11 for covering the event!

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