Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder which violently objects to gluten in the diet. Any presence of gluten in a sufferer’s gastrointestinal tract will lead to the inflammation of the small intestines, seriously damaging it over time. Pretty soon, the small intestines will no longer be able to absorb nutrients, leading to overall poor chronic health. The disease affects about 1% of the American population, but evidence suggests that the incidence of Celiac disease is increasing by a rate of 100% every two decades.
The best diet for people suffering from Celiac disease would be a gluten-free diet. It is much easier now that the media attention on the so-called health benefits of eliminating gluten from food has spurred food manufacturers to offer gluten-free food products on the market. But it is important to note here that for those without Celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity issues that these much-touted health benefits have no basis on scientific fact.
When planning for a gluten-free diet, it is best to consult with a physician and/or dietitian to ensure a well-balanced diet in terms of protein, carbohydrate, fiber and fat content. It may take some time to get used to not biting into that pizza or savoring a piece of cake, but the alternative is much more horrendous. With enough will power and motivation, following the best diet for people suffering from Celiac disease that your medical professional recommends would be much easier in the long term.
The gluten-free shopping list would eliminate the following food products:
- Anything with wheat, including white flour, wheat germ, wheat bran, white or whole wheat bread, tortillas, beer, couscous
- Cookies, cereals, crackers, gravies, dressings and sauces (unless specified to be gluten-free)
- Oats (only because it may be contaminated with gluten)
- Graham flour
- Bouillon cubes
- Imitation fish
- Hotdogs and other deli meats
- Soy sauce
- Pasta mixes
There are a lot more foodstuffs in the supermarket that may contain gluten that is not in the list. Make sure to check the nutrition information for wheat, barley or rye-based ingredients and additives. Note that only those labeled gluten-free is allowed; wheat-free isn’t the same thing.
Here are the things a Celiac disease sufferer can enjoy:
- Corn (such as corn tortillas)
- Gluten-free baked products
- Potatoes (sweet potatoes are best)
- Brown or wild rice
- Soy (not soy sauce)
Because a gluten-free diet is rather limited in the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals needed by the body, those on it need to supplement their intake. Many gluten-free food contain more carbohydrates than the gluten-rich equivalents so careful monitoring of the carbohydrate intake is necessary, especially those with diabetes.
It is also completely desirable to eschew gluten-free prepared foods for home cooked ones as it is less likely to contain any hidden surprises.
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