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GLUTEN FREE: Celiac Expo Comes To Metro

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It seems more and more people in Iowa are suffering from celiac disease.

It’s a condition that affects what you can put on your dinner plate as Barb Huyette from Central Iowa Celiac Connection explains, “When you eat your foods your nutrients aren’t absorbed, as a result of that you become malnourished.”

Many stores like the Dahl’s in Ames offer up a section of gluten-free foods for people with celiac disease.

Gluten is found in many foods like bread, pasta, cookies, pizza crust and more. The wheat, barley or rye reacts with the small intestine.

This Saturday and Sunday there will be a special event in Altoona to help people change their diets. It’s the Gluten and Allergen-Free Expo.

In the past, the expo has only been held in Chicago or Dallas but this year, Des Moines was added to the list.

Huyette says the expo could help a lot of Iowans, not just those with celiac disease, “All of the people that have any kind of food sensitivities would benefit from this. There will be 80-100 vendors.  They’ll all be giving hundreds of samples of their gluten free products and some of them will be selling them.”

Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for children and will be held at Adventureland’s Palace Theater.

For more information, go to their website.