Eating gluten can harm the small intestine and other tissues and organs in anyone with
celiac disease. This can make it hard for you to absorb nutrients. Some people without
celiac disease also have trouble tolerating gluten. Or they are sensitive to it.
is the main way to treat gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity. A big part of a
gluten-free diet is to stay away from foods made with wheat, rye, or barley. This means
most regular breads, pizza, cereals, pastas, cakes, and cookies. Many processed foods
contain hidden gluten. The most common foods are soy sauce, gravies, canned soups,
nutritional bars, barley malt, and veggie burgers. It can even be found in medicines,
probiotics, vitamins, and supplements.
Foods such as rice, corn, quinoa, some oats, fruits, vegetables, and some alcoholic
beverages are naturally gluten-free.
even products such as lipstick can contain gluten. If you have celiac disease, you'll
need to become an expert at reading food and product labels. This is a skill that your
healthcare provider or a gluten-free support group can help with. Most people should see
a nutritionist to help them. This is because you need to follow the diet carefully and
for the rest of your life.
careful when replacing gluten foods with foods that are gluten-free. The National
Institutes of Health (NIH) says that packaged gluten-free foods aren’t always better or
healthier. In fact, some gluten-free foods are higher in fat, sugar, and total calories
than foods with gluten. As with any diet, the variety of nutritious foods in your
gluten-free diet will determine how healthy it is.