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Gluten Free Diet or Celiac Diet


Who needs to eat a gluten-free diet?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, triticale, malt and some oats. A gluten-free diet is used to treat Celiac Disease and may be considered in patients thought to have a gluten sensitivity or diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome. A gluten-free diet helps control signs and symptoms and prevent long-term complications; it is the only treatment for Celiac Disease.

Avoid all food and drinks containing:

  • Barley
  • Malt (including malt flavoring and malt vinegar)
  • Rye
  • Triticale (a cross between wheat and rye)
  • Wheat (all types of wheat including whole, bromated, enriched, phosphate, self-rishing)
  • Alternate forms of wheat -
    • Bulgar
    • Durum
    • Farina
    • Graham
    • Kamut
    • Semolina
    • Spelt
      • *Speak with your doctor to determine if you need to avoid oats

Unless specifically labeled gluten-free, avoid:

  • Beer
  • Bread and bread products like croutons, crackers, and matzo
  • Baked goods like cake, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, scones, doughnuts, and pie
  • Cereal
  • Oats (if permitted per your doctor or dietician)
  • Pasta
  • Soup and soup-bases
  • Soy sauce

Read ingredients and/or speak with servers to ensure that no gluten-containing ingredients have been used:

  • Candy
  • Deep-fried foods, even if non-gluten based like french fries and tortilla chips
  • Imitation meat or seafood
  • Processed deli meats
  • Salad dressings, sauces, and gravies
  • Seasoned rice mixes
  • Seasoned snack foods like potato chips
  • Self-basting poultry
  • Any gluten-free food that has been contaminated 
    • Cross-contamination occurs when gluten-free foods come into contact with foods that contain gluten. It can happen during the manufacturing process or during food preparation at home or in a restaurant. It is important to read labels and handle foods carefully. Always speak with servers about your dietary restrictions when dining out.
      • *In addition to foods and beverages that may contain gluten, check that all vitamins and medications are gluten-free by reading bottles, speaking to your pharmacist, or calling companies directly

Allowed Foods:

  • Fresh, unprocessed foods like beans, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables and nuts
  • Most dairy products
  • Gluten-free grains & flours
    • Amaranth
    • Arrowroot
    • Buckwheat
    • Corn and cornmeal
    • Flax
    • Hominy (corn)
    • Millet
    • Potato
    • Quinoa
    • Rice
    • Sorghum
    • Soy
    • Tapioca
    • Teff

Switching to a gluten-free diet can be challenging but there are many substitutes and resources. Meet with our dietitian for additional information on how to live healthfully gluten-free.