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Gluten Free Diet

New to Gluten Free?

When you have Celiac Disease, eating gluten damages the intestinal lining of your small intestine and can cause a host of symptoms and health problems. The current treatment for Celiac Disease is an adherence to a lifelong gluten free diet. This may seem overwhelming at first, but there are many resources and a great community at the CCA to help you navigate the gluten free diet. 

Label Reading

On a GF diet, all grains containing gluten MUST be avoided.

Gluten containing grains include: 

  • Wheat (whole wheat, wheat berries, graham, bulgur, farrow, farina, durum, kamut, bromated flour, spelt, semolina)

  • Barley

  • Rye

  • Triticale (cross between wheat and rye)

  • Oats (unless certified gluten free can be contaminated with gluten)

Read labels when purchasing food to ensure there is no gluten. Look for foods that are Certified Gluten Free and read all ingredients to ensure the product is gluten free. The CCA offers an extensive guide to reading food labels.

Eating gluten-free is a lifestyle change that comes with its challenges. In order to successfully follow a gluten-free diet, it is essential to have a good understanding of the foods and ingredients that contain gluten.

There is a large amount of misinformation available about what constitutes a gluten-free diet. As a result, individuals may avoid foods and ingredients unnecessarily, thus limiting the variety in their diet and resulting in nutritional deficiencies.

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