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The disease driving gluten-free foods

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Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.  More people are being diagnosed with a sensitivity to it these days.

People with Celiac Disease feel horrible if they eat even the tiniest amount of gluten.  Good news for them: gluten free products are booming.

"By the fifth day of being gluten free it totally clicked, like all my energy came back. It's like somebody finally turned on the lights," Michelle Rossi said.

"Celiac Disease does seem to be increasing. They found there were about four times as many now as there were back in the 1950s," Dr. James Goeken said.

Symptoms include chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain and fatigue.  Even after you go gluten-free, you have to be aware that it's hidden in thousands of food products to add texture.

Restaurants have to follow strict guidelines so they don't mix the two.

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