What is Gluten Free Diet? What Foods are Gluten Free?

Following a strict 100 percent gluten free diet is the only known cure for people with celiac disease. You can become completely healed and show no more signs or symptoms just by staying on the diet. Any lapses or following off the diet could cause damage again to your small intestine.

As mentioned in the overview, gluten is a protein found in all foods that contain wheat, barley or rye. Therefore avoiding all foods containing the gluten protein is absolutely essential.

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Initially, following a gluten free diet may be frustrating. But with time, patience and creativity, you'll find there are many foods that you can eat and enjoy.

Unsafe Foods/Ingredients that contain gluten:
Below is a list of common foods that contain gluten. You must avoid these foods unless the food label contains the words “gluten free”:

Breads
Cereals
Crackers
Croutons
Pasta
Cookies
Cakes and pies
Soups
Gravies
Sauces (including soy sauce)
Salad dressings
Beer
Candy Imitation meat or seafood Processed luncheon meats

Many other products that touch your mouth or get ingested contain gluten such as:

Malt flavoring
Modified food starch
Medications and vitamins that use gluten as a binding agent
Lipstick and lip balms
Toothpaste
Postage stamps
Play dough
Chewing gum

There are many food ingredients that are considered "unsafe". Please click on this link to see the complete list and I recommend that you print it out and keep it close so you can easily reference it when needed. Link: "Unsafe" food ingredients that contain gluten.

Safe Foods/Ingredients that are gluten free:
Foods that are considered “gluten-free” are:

Fresh meats, fish and poultry with no breading marinate sauce or batter coated
Most dairy products
Fruits
Vegetables
Rice
Potatoes
Gluten free flours (rice, soy, corn, potato)
Wine and distilled liquors, ciders and spirits
Products labeled 'gluten free' also safe.

There are many food ingredients that are considered "safe". Please click on this link to see the complete list. Link: "Safe" food ingredients that are gluten free.

The bad news in all of this is that following a gluten free diet forces you to avoid foods like pastas, pizza and breads. The good news is that there are many gluten free breads, pizza and pastas that you can purchase online or at specialty stores. Fortunately for bread and pasta lovers with celiac disease, there are an increasing number of gluten free products on the market. More and more grocery stores are now stocking gluten free products as awareness to CD continuously increases.

Read Nick’s story about where we buy his gluten free food and which foods are his favorite and taste very close to non gluten free food.

A Word About Cross Contamination!!

Cross-contamination from cooking items to gluten free food is something that needs to be carefully avoided. People can become sick or show signs of gluten intolerance symptoms if they are unaware of the gluten contamination. People can get exposed to gluten contamination through using the same food utensils like stirring coupons, butter knives, cutting surfaces, grilling surfaces, sharing the same food containers like butter or mayonnaise jars. Bread crumbs that are mixed in food containers that are shared can easily expose someone to gluten contamination.

Read Nick's story of an actual gluten contamination incident that happened to him shortly after getting diagnosed with Celiac Disease.

Read Nick’s story about how we create a “gluten free” kitchen and how he avoids cross contamination of gluten.

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