Home
   Register/Log in
   Support Celiac Society

 Gluten-Free Search
   Ingredient & Food Search
   Manufacturer Search
   Category Search
   Restaurant Search

   Manufacturer Comments

   PDA/WAP Search

 Gluten & Celiac News
    News

 About Celiac & Gluten
    About Celiac Disease?
    What is Gluten?

 About Us
   Our Story

 Contact Us
   Send us an Email
   Submit an Item

 Resources
   Allergy Alert Card
   Printable Shopping List

 Help
   Using the search tools
   FAQs


About Celiac Disease

The Gluten-Free Diet

A gluten-free diet means avoiding all foods that contain wheat (including spelt, triticale, and kamut), rye barley (malt), and possibly oats. In other words, avoiding most grain, pasta, cereal, and many processed foods. Despite these restrictions, people with celiac disease can eat a well-balanced diet with a variety of foods, including breads and pasta. For example, instead of wheat flour, people can use potato, rice, soy or bean flour. Or, they can buy gluten-free bread, pasta, and other products from special food companies.

Whether people with celiac disease should avoid oats is controversial because some people have been able to eat oats without having a reaction. Scientists are doing studies to find out whether people with celiac disease can tolerate oats. Until the studies are complete, people with celiac disease should follow their physician or dietician's advice about eating oats.

Plain meat, fish, rice, fruits, and vegetables do not contain gluten, so people with the disease can eat as much of these foods as they like (see our link to safe and forbidden foods).

The gluten-free diet is complicated. It requires a completely new approach to eating that affects a person's entire life. People with celiac disease have to be extremely careful about what they buy for lunch at school or at work, eat at cocktail parties, or grab from the refrigerator for a midnight snack. Eating out can be a challenge as the person with celiac disease learns to scrutinize the menu for foods with gluten and question the waiter or chef about possible hidden sources of gluten. However, with practice, screening for gluten becomes second nature and people learn to recognize which foods are safe and which are off limits.

A dietician, a health care professional who specializes in food and nutrition, can help people learn about their new diet. Also, support groups are particularly helpful for newly diagnosed people and their families as they learn to adjust to their new way of life.

Next... What are the Complications of Celiac Disease?



More Information...
What is Celiac Disease?
What are the Symptoms?
How is Celiac Disease Diagnosed?
Screening
What is the Treatment?
The Gluten-Free Diet
What are the Complications of Celiac Disease?
How Common is Celiac Disease?
Dermatitis Herpetiformis



©2004 CeliacSociety.com

Site created and hosted by
317 Interactive - Take your .COM to .BEYOND