All of Copper Pot Creations products are gluten free and made in our dedicated gluten free kitchen!
Feel confident choosing our products and eat a delicious meal without worry! For your safety, we adhere to strict allergen control procedures. We require allergen control documentation from each of our carefully chosen ingredient suppliers to ensure no chance of gluten cross contamination with their products before they come into our facility. We also perform on-site batch testing for gluten in our products.
What is gluten?
Gluten is the general name for certain kinds of proteins found in wheat, barley and rye. Oats are also considered by some to be a source of gluten since they are grown, processed and stored near wheat so the chance of cross-contamination with gluten is high. Gluten is what gives the elasticity to dough made with flour and water, helping it to rise and keep its shape. In food production, gluten can be a source of protein, both in foods prepared directly from sources containing it, and as an additive to foods otherwise low in protein. Gluten can be present in foods in the form of flavourings, thickeners, seasonings or stabilizers.
What is celiac disease?
Celiac disease is a genetically based autoimmune disorder in which gluten triggers the progressive destruction of the villi of the small intestine. When people with celiac disease eat gluten their body’s immune system reacts by attacking the villi (small, finger like growths) in the lining of the small intestine. When the villi is damaged, the body cannot get the nutrients it needs. Celiac disease is one of the most common inherited diseases, and can be triggered at any age and for a multitude of reasons, including stress, surgery, childbirth, etc. It is estimated that celiac disease affects 1% of the Canadian population and many more may be undiagnosed.
Common symptoms of celiac disease include, but are not limited to:
• Dermititis herpetiformis (see below)
• Abdominal pain
• Vitamin deficiencies
• Bloating, cramping, gas
• Indigestion, nausea
• Recurring diarrhea
• Weight loss
• Bone or joint pain
• Menstrual irregularities
• Lactose intolerance
Dermatitis herpetiformis is a skin rash that can be present with or without other symptoms of celiac disease. It is described as a blistering, intensely itchy rash, which is most frequently found on the elbows, knees, buttocks and upper back.
The only known effective treatment for celiac disease is a strict gluten free diet for life. Even if a person still appears to tolerate small amounts of gluten, the villi of the small intestine will continue to be damaged and will not have the chance to heal if gluten is present in the body in any amount.
Celiac Disease Links & Resources
Canadian Celiac Association- http://www.celiac.ca/
Health Canada, Celiac Disease- http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/securit/allerg/cel-coe/index-eng.php