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Celiac Disease Diet

Celiac disease is caused by a sensitivity to gluten, the protein contained in many grains such as wheat, barley and rye. Celiac disease affects the small bowel, making it impossible for you to absorb nutrients from food. It is likely a genetic disease and cannot be cured, but it can be managed by removing gluten from your diet to relieve the symptoms and reverse damage to the small bowel. Our Celiac Disease Diet teaches you how to eat and avoid episodes.

Symptoms of Celiac Disease can vary, and some sufferers exhibit no signs.

 

Symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea, constipation or both
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Abdominal swelling or bloating
  • Weight loss
  • Bone or joint pain
  • Tiredness and loss of energy
  • Mood changes, irritability and depression
  • Canker sores
  • Skin rash
  • Tooth enamel problems

Celiac disease must be diagnosed by your doctor. Tests to confirm the disease include: blood screenings, upper endoscopy with biopsy and genetic analysis.

 

Our Celiac Disease Diet Recommendations

If you are diagnosed with Celiac disease you must follow a strict, gluten-­‐free diet daily, even if you don’t have symptoms. Failure to do so can permanently damage the small bowel and lead to serious health problems, including bone disease, cancer of the small bowel and various nervous system disorders.

Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye. The most common foods with gluten are those made with wheat flour, including bread, pasta, cake and other baked goods, and cereal. Gluten is also found in soy sauce, beer, gravy, salad dressings and most packaged goods. It is even found in some medications and cosmetics. Read the labels on all products to make sure there is no hidden gluten. You will also find a growing shelf of gluten-­free products on the market today.

 

Allowed Foods:

Amaranth Job’s tears Sago
Arrowroot Legumes Seeds
Buckwheat Millet Soy
Cassava Nuts Sorghum
Corn Potatoes Tapioca
Flax Quinoa Wild Rice
Indian Rice Grass Rice Yucca

 

Foods to Avoid:

  • Wheat-­‐Including einkorn, emmer, spelt, kamut
  • Wheat starch, wheat bran, wheat germ, cracked wheat, Hydrolyzed wheat protein
  • Barley RyeTriticale (a cross between wheat and rye)

Other Wheat Products:

  • Bromated flour

 

  • Graham Flour

 

  • Self-­‐rising Flour
  • Durum Flour
  • Enriched Flour
  • Farina
  •  Phosphated Flour
  • Plain Flour
  • Semolina
  • White Flour
  • Bouillon cubes
  • Brown Rice Chips/potato chips
  • Candy
  • Cold cuts, hot dogs, salami, sausage
  • Common wafer
  • French Fries
  • Gravy
  • Imitation Fish
  • Matzo
  • Rice Mixes Sauces
  • Seasoned Tortilla Chips
  • Self-­‐basting Turkey
  • Soups
  • Soy Sauce
  • Vegetables in sauce

 

Follow up care is important

It is important to meet with your doctor at least once a year to evaluate your health, and to have routine blood tests to make sure your condition is under control.

 

Helpful Links

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