As the Nation Recognizes National Celiac Awareness Month, King Kullen Continues to Expand Gluten Free Offering

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King Kullen carries an ever-growing supply of gluten-free options to assist customers with celiac disease.

Growing in popularity, more and more people continue to live their lives gluten-free. Because of this growing trend, more gluten-free products are available and easily accessible. Whether someone chooses to cut gluten out of their life for personal health reasons or because they want to cater to a certain diet, King Kullen Grocery stocks their shelves with many different gluten-free products all year round. And they take another step forward this month to recognize National Celiac Awareness Month.

What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease and triggers an immune reaction when gluten is ingested. Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, rye and barley, and is in a plethora of everyday foods. This disease has become more common recently and many people have either been forced to cut gluten out of their diet because of the disease, while others choose to cut back on gluten for health and dieting reasons. No matter which, King Kullen Grocery offers many different gluten-free products on their shelves all year round.

For those with celiac disease, when gluten is eaten, the body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. The attacks lead to damage on the villi, which are small finger-like projections that line the small intestine that promote nutrient absorption. King Kullen’s Nutritionist Michele Tonner explains that once villi are damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body. This leads to malnourishment and various other issues such as osteoporosis, certain cancers, thyroid disease and other autoimmune diseases.

How Celiac is Diagnosed & Treated
Antibody blood tests are used by doctors to determine if a certain individual has celiac disease. Doctors may recommend an endoscopy to identify any inflammation or damage to the small intestines and villi. On other occasions, a genetic test is also given. If a relative has been diagnosed, that individual’s chances of having celiac disease are increased.

There is no cure at this time for celiac disease, nor are there any medicines or surgeries that can help. A gluten-free diet helps control the disease, however, and can prevent future complications.

Gluten-Free Recipes
There are many great alternative recipes of favorite dishes that are gluten-free. Don’t feel too limited by what you can eat now that King Kullen Grocery has a great selection of products to incorporate into a gluten-free diet. King Kullen’s Director of Grocery and Frozen Food Tim Schurmann said their gluten-free options are always growing and expanding, so it’s good to check back and try out different foods and recipes.

Don’t kiss pizza goodbye. Try out these 15 Gluten-Free Pizzas (
Or, if in the mood for some cheesy comfort food, whip up One-Pot Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese (
To finish off a meal strong with a dessert, bake some Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (
For more delicious gluten-free recipes and ideas, check out King Kullen’s Gluten-Free Pinterest Board:

About the Company:
Headquartered in Bethpage, New York, King Kullen Grocery Co., Inc. is recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as America’s first supermarket. Michael J. Cullen opened the doors of King Kullen in 1930. Today, four generations later, King Kullen is still family owned and operated. It remains a leader in the supermarket industry. From that very first store in 1930, King Kullen today operates 36 supermarkets and five Wild by Nature stores across Long Island. In addition to traditional grocery, King Kullen features a large catering and prepared foods department, freshly-baked breads and sweets, and healthy and organic areas, with pharmacies in many stores as well.

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