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It may seem like we’re seeing “gluten-free” everywhere these days. From the aisles in our supermarkets to our Instagram feeds, this term may be seen as fashionable now. But for many people, eliminating gluten from their diets is so much more than a trend.
According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, as many as 18 million Americans have some non-celiac sensitivity to gluten, while about 1 in 133 people (about 1%) have celiac disease.
To call attention to these high rates of gluten sensitivity and intolerance, the month of May is known as Celiac Awareness Month.
What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac Disease is an inherited autoimmune disease that causes damage to the small intestine when gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley and rye) is ingested. The small intestine is the part of the gut which digests and absorbs nutrients from food. When the small intestine is damaged, the rate of nutrient absorption from food is reduced.
Currently, there’s no cure for Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance except adopting a diet that avoids gluten altogether.
What is Deep River Snacks’ Role in All This?
At Deep River Snacks and HONCHOS, we are committed to only making snacks that are “certified” gluten-free.
We’ve always produced gluten-free snacks, but we went through the certification process to ensure that our kettle chips, tortilla chips, and organic popcorn meet the government standards of being gluten free. Not only did we meet the standards, but we exceeded them! All of our snack products contain no more than 10 parts per million of gluten. This means that even people with very sensitive gluten intolerance can enjoy our snacks.
What Are Some Ways For Me to Get Involved?
There are a number of ways for you to get involved throughout National Celiac Awareness Month. These may include:
-On May 20, the second annual Greater Philly Gluten-Free Expo will take place at the Greater Philly Expo Center will include local and national exhibitors, educational presentations, door prizes and gluten-free samples. The expo will be open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Beyond Celiac CEO Alice Bast will be a featured speaker, as will GF Jules Shepard.
-Members and parents of students with celiac disease will learn about the process and procedures for accommodating students in New Jersey’s K-12 schools in the cafeteria and classroom at this discussion.
-Show your Facebook friends that May in National Celiac Awareness Month.
-Purchase a bag of HONCHOS organic tortilla chips. Not only are our chips full of flavor without the artificial junk, but they’re also certified gluten free. Plus, 10% of net profits go toward local and national charities we support.