More and more gluten-free foods have appeared on menus and grocery store shelves over the past few years.
But many consumers still have questions over whether they need to avoid gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.
Doctors, gluten-free cookbook authors and speakers who suffer from food allergies will appear at the Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event on Saturday at The Cook Hotel and Conference Center at LSU, 3848 W. Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Celiac disease, caused by an reaction to gluten, can lead to intestinal damage, weight loss and diarrhea, according to the Mayo Clinic. The reaction can also prevent the body from absorbing some nutrients.
More than 3 million Americans suffer from celiac disease, which is treated by eliminating gluten from the diet.
Vendors will focus on local foods, such as a gluten-free roux, according to Nikki Everett, coordinator of ECHO Event Solutions, which is planning the event.