The Fight Against Celiac Disease
A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes the protein gluten. Gluten is found in grains like barley, wheat, rye and triticale (a cross between rye and wheat).
A gluten-free diet is employed to treat celiac disease. Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines of individuals with celiac disease. Eating a gluten-free diet helps individuals with celiac disease restrain their signs and symptoms and prevent complications.
But with imagination, patience and time, you’ll discover there are many foods that you already eat that are gluten free and you’ll find substitutes for gluten-containing foods that you can love.
The gluten-free diet is a treatment.
Switching to a gluten-free diet is a big change and, like anything new, it requires some getting used to. You may feel deprived by the restrictions of the diet. However, try and stay positive and focus on all the foods you can eat. You can also be happily surprised to realize how many gluten-free products, for example bread and pasta, are now available. If you can not discover the specialty grocery in your area, test with a celiac support group or go online.
If you’re just beginning with a gluten-free diet, it is a good idea to consult a dietitian who can answer your questions and offer advice about the best way to avert gluten while still eating a healthy, balanced diet.
Many tasty and healthful foods are naturally gluten free:
Beans, seeds, nuts in their own natural, unprocessed form
Fresh meats, fish and poultry (not breaded, batter-coated or marinated)
Most dairy products