The Link Between Celiac and Heart Disease

Most people know that celiac disease is a disorder affecting the digestive system. When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. When the small intestine is damaged people can develop recurrent issues with bloating and diarrhea, and nutrients might not be absorbed properly into the body leading to anemia, fatigue, osteoporosis and mouth sores (among other symptoms). About one in 133 Americans has celiac disease.

What most people don’t know is that people with celiac disease have a nearly twofold increased risk of heart disease. Inflammation is a recognized driver of atherosclerosis and it is felt that the persistent low-grade inflammation in the gut of celiac patients can spill into the bloodstream and then accelerate artery blockages.

At Step One Foods, we want to help as many people as we can improve their cardiovascular health – especially those at high risk. That’s why we’ve eliminated gluten from all our heart health products. All our foods are still brimming with the fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and plant sterols you’ve come to expect. And all are still made from real and natural ingredients for delicious results.

American College of Cardiology, news release, March 29, 2014

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