Avoiding Gluten Is A Challenge That Eventually Gets Easier!

A gluten-free list will include foods such as breads and cookies. Using gluten-free products in recipes will avoid the symptoms of celiac disease.

A person with celiac disease must avoid the protein gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, barley, and triticale (combination of wheat and rye). The disease causes small intestine inflammation even if symptoms do not occur.

Ways To Avoid The Symptoms Of Celiac Disease!

Checking labels is extremely important for anyone with celiac disease. Ingredients added to processed foods may contain gluten. A gluten-free diet may, initially, be difficult to accomplish. But, there are many foods that exist without gluten such as fruits, vegetables, and dairy products.

Focus on the foods that a gluten-free diet does allow. There are many lists available on the internet. Warnings include checking with the manufacturer and checking the label.

Gluten-free menus at various restaurants exist, but be aware that there may not be adequate care in avoiding cross-contamination. That is also true at home. Counters, utensils, cutting boards, even toasters can contaminate an otherwise gluten-free food.

Be careful at the deli. The slicing machine may have some gluten cross-contamination.

Food processed on production lines can also cross-contaminate. Even vitamins, nutrients, and flavored salts can contain gluten. Achieving a gluten-free diet is a challenge that is doable.

Gluten-free List Of Foods!

There are delicious and healthy foods that are naturally gluten-free. Eat them in the natural state, that is, unprocessed.

  • Beans, fruits, vegetables (including frozen)
  • Eggs, milk, and most dairy products
  • Meats, poultry, fish
  • Rum, tequila, and some vodkas
  • Heinz ketchup and French's yellow mustard
  • Most oils such as olive, corn, and canola
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fruit juices (made with pure fruit only)
  • Kellogg's Rice Krispies and General Mills' Chex
  • Many more (online)

Foods To Avoid!

Any wheat product not declared gluten-free. Check the label.

  • Breads, cereals, crackers, french fries
  • Cakes, pies, cookies, croutons
  • Gravies, canned soup
  • Pasta, seasoned snacks, candy
  • Anything that is processed

Processed Foods That Are Available Gluten-free!

The number of processed foods that are available gluten-free is increasing.

  • Hot dogs
  • Ice cream sandwiches
  • Pretzels and potato chips
  • Flour and baking mixes
  • Beer
  • Many more (online)

The Final Word On The Gluten-free List Of Foods!

The FDA (in the United States) considers foods to gluten-free if they contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. However, there is no regulation for items labeled gluten-free. So, "buyer beware".

Gluten-free foods may have lower levels of vitamins and nutrients. That is another reason for gluten-intolerant people to have a balanced, nutritious diet.

I suspect, like anything else, as one becomes accustomed to watching their diet and eliminating gluten, it will become easier.

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