Diets for celiac disease shouldn’t include gluten in any amount. Gluten is the main cause of celiac disease, and people living with this disease should avoid it completely, because it can trigger an allergic reaction, such as upset stomach, hey fever, asthma or eczema.
Here is a list of foods to be avoided:
- Bulgur and farina (both types of cereal made from wheat)
- Graham flour
- Durum, including semolina and kamut
- Spelt (a type of wheat)
- Wheat germ and starch
- Malt and foods containing malt extracts or flavorings
Diets for celiac disease – reading food labels: make sure these foods are labeled as “gluten-free” products:
- Cookies, cakes and candies
- Sauces, gravies and salad dressings
Diets for celiac disease don’t exclude all grains. Gluten free breads and pastas (and other foods) made of rice, corn, potato, bean, amaranth, quinoa, tapioca, sago, flax, arrowroot, buckwheat flour are safe to eat. It is not sure if people with celiac disease can eat oats or not, so for now they should be avoided unless they are labeled as gluten free. Most dairy products are also safe to eat and drink, so are wine and distilled liquors and spirits. Meats (fresh, unprocessed) and fish don’t contain gluten either.
Some medications can also contain gluten, so you should make sure to check with your pharmacist and read the labels on the medications you take.
Here are some suggestions for meals:
- Cereal made from hominy, rice, millet, cornmeal, quinoa, or buckwheat
- Milk and dairy products (except for frozen and fruit yogurt)
- All vegetables (except for breaded vegetables and canned baked beans)
- All fruits and fruit juices (avoiding dried fruit)
- All meats, fish, eggs (without breading, stabilizers or fillers)
- All nuts, peanut butter, soybeans
Diets for celiac disease may also include other products such as: sweets made with allowed ingredients, butter, sugar, jellies and jams, honey, chocolate, soups, teas, coffee etc.
Up to this point there was little hope that the people suffering from Celiac will ever have completely normal lives once again.