Gluten Free Diet

Try not to feel deprived when you have to go on a Gluten Free Diet. There are so many new and very tasty foods available to you now.

People suffering from Celiac Disease must go on this very specialized way of eating. Their digestive system cannot tolerate regular wheat and many other products.

What is Gluten?

It is the substance in flour that helps form the structure of dough. It holds products together. It helps those tasty buns that we love so much rise! It is evident in breads, cookies, cakes, crackers and pasta. GF foods just don't taste the same and it takes getting used to.

Before you start this brand new way of cooking it is a good idea to go shopping. Get some nice new cook books with Gluten Free Recipes in it.

I found it really frustrating trying to change my diet when I didn't have the proper ingredients.

My suggestion is to go shopping so that you have the ingredients on hand. If your budget doesn't allow you to change everything at once, then take a couple of recipes with you and get the ingredients for those recipes.

Here are some foods that you should be able to tolerate with ease.

  • Cornstarch
  • Cornmeal
  • Potato Starch
  • Quinoa Flour
  • Brown and white Rice Flour
  • Sorghum Flour
  • Soy Flour
  • Nut Butters
  • Almond Butter
  • Cashew Butter
  • Peanut Butter
  • Legumes
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • White Beans
  • Lentils
  • Split Peas
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Almonds, Peanuts, Pecans, Walnuts,Pumpkin, Sesame, Sunflower Seeds

Watch out for...

The following products indicate the presence of wheat which you have to be careful of and some foods that are usually made from barley.

  • durum flour
  • farina
  • graham flour
  • semolina
  • beer
  • ale
  • malt
  • malt vinegar
  • malted beverages

Hidden Sources of Gluten

  • soy sauce
  • salad dressings
  • seasonings
  • licorice
  • deli meats
  • bouillon cubes/broth
  • rice mixes
  • self-basting turkey
  • some vitamin supplements
  • some medications

Nutritional Deficiencies

The damage done to the intestinal villi caused by Celiac disease can result in specific nutritional deficiencies.

Iron, Folate and Vitamin B 12 are poorly absorbed in the small intestine. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (candida), low stomach acid resulting in reflux or ulcers or pernicious anemia also comes from a deficiency in B12.

Bone Disease

The poor metabolism of calcium, Vitamin D and phosphorous is common in an untreated celiac disease condition. This can cause osteomalacia, osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Early diagnosis of Celiac and going on a strict, life long, nutritious gluten free diet along with proper supplementation can often reverse the bone disease condition. It is very important to have an early diagnosis in order to expect positive results in a bone disease condition.

Vitamin D is very important in bone health.

This is a very specialized diet.

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