Andrea’s Gluten Free Focuses on National Celiac Disease Awareness Month

By Maureen Cason

Weight loss/weight gain, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, acid reflux, vomiting, dizziness, migraines, depression, osteoporosis, fatigue, brain fog, joint pain, thyroid problems, anemia, bruising, leg cramps, and autoimmune issues.

Wondering what a possible medical diagnosis might be?
“According to customers we surveyed, it could be celiac disease,” says Andrea Kosinski, owner and Chief Taste Officer of Andrea’s Gluten Free, a dedicated gluten, peanut and tree nut-free kitchen in Chesterfield.

This past March, Andrea’s Gluten Free produced St. Louis’ first gluten-free seminar and vendor fair.
“Our purpose was to help educate the public about the prevalence of celiac disease and gluten intolerance. We invited customers to submit their list of symptoms before celiac disease diagnosis. That’s a list of the most common complaints,” states Kosinski.

In fact, these symptoms are right in line with the list provided at www.celiac.org by the Celiac Disease Foundation, sponsor of National Celiac Disease Awareness Month in May.
“Check out their website,” suggests Kosinski. “People continue to suffer without the proper diagnosis. It takes eleven years on average to diagnose celiac disease, but with more awareness and the right information, that wouldn’t be necessary.”

“Andrea’s has a growing resource of gluten-free cookbooks, magazines and other literature available to assist diagnosed celiac and gluten intolerant individuals and others who may be wondering if they need to get tested. Our kitchen produces delicious gluten-free baked goods daily to support people on this diet.”

A step inside Andrea’s store tells the story. One of several employees who are either gluten intolerant or have celiac disease will greet you, listen to your story, answer your concerns, and point out all the resource materials available. You’ll also be welcomed by the tantalizing aroma of freshly baked customer favorites; pumpkin muffins, chocolate chip cookies, multi-grain bread and pizza to name a few. Convenience products like pasta and pretzels, along with new items from emerging gluten-free food manufacturers complete the store’s inventory.

For more details about Andrea’s product line or information on celiac disease and gluten intolerance, visit www.andreasglutenfree.com. Highlights from the March seminar speakers can be accessed by clicking the Gluten-Free Seminar link. Information on reputable gluten-free organizations, foundations, and helpful websites can be found under the GF Resources link. Andrea’s Facebook and Twitter pages regularly post product updates and interesting gluten-free links.

Andrea’s Gluten Free, 759 Spirit of St. Louis Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63005, 636-536-9953.

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