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Three million Americans have celiac disease and an estimated 18 to 20 million more are gluten sensitive. To serve this growing population, gluten-free prepared products are popping up on grocery store shelves in record numbers. This year, sales of gluten-free products are expected to reach $2.5 billion. According to one research group, the gluten-free market will exceed $5 billion in sales by 2015.
Research suggests that indoor plants can pollinate and prompt allergic reactions, just like outdoor plants. Although not common, allergies to rubber plants, lilies and other flowering plants are reported in the medical literature. Additionally, indoor plants and the soil theyre potted in can harbor mold, which can trigger allergy symptoms, such as itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion and even breathing problems. Those who suffer from seasonal allergies may be particularly vulnerable. Given your reaction, you should limit the number of indoor plants in your home or avoid them altogether.
For years, experts have recommended introducing gluten to infants at risk for celiac disease, such as those with parents or siblings with the condition, between 4 and 6 months of age. Now researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research say there may be a benefit to delayed exposure, waiting until at least 12 months of age.