Lifestyle Changes to Manage Celiac Disease
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
A lifelong, gluten-free diet is the only way to treat celiac disease. Symptoms often go away in a few days. The diet must be used even when a person does not have any symptoms. This will prevent damage to the intestines.
Gluten is found in many foods, such as cereal, bread, and pasta. It may take some time to get used to the diet. A dietitian can help with meal planning.
Managing the Diet
The US Food & Drug Administration requires that gluten-free products have strict limits on how much gluten is present. This should make it easier to focus on what to eat instead of what not to eat.
Some items that can be eaten on this diet are:
Foods to Avoid
These foods will need to be avoided:
These ingredients are in most bread, pasta, cereal, and processed foods.
Gluten may also be found in:
Read labels carefully. Not every gluten-free product will carry a label. Do not eat foods that may contain gluten.
Gluten can also be found in non-food sources such as:
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Last reviewed December 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
Last Updated: 1/5/2021
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