Labels found on some industrial products now feature information about the amount of gluten these contain. If only those products which are made out of some type of grains containing gluten, establishing a new diet regime would be very easy. Unfortunately, gluten is used to produce a wide variety of products, where it can be found in traces. It has a beneficial effect of linking oils and water together, emulsifies, stabilizes and it is a great base for aromas and spices. If the gluten is a minor addition to the product, perhaps for an additive or an aroma, there is a danger of it containing too much gluten. This problem represents a severe health hazard from people suffering from celiac disease.
To start with, I’ll mention some of the most dangerous and obvious products you can find out there that do contain gluten. You should avoid these ingredients at all costs:
- Barley, rye, wheat and all of their products
- Industrial soups, instant sauces etc.
- Cured meats
- Bran, wheat germ
- Industrial corn bread
A typical diet program
An appropriate celiac disease diet program needs to find a replacement for the gluten, which is basically a protein found in the ingredients mentioned in the list above. This can easily be done if you consume plenty of fresh vegetables, other types of grains such as rice, corn, soy, sesame. Vegetables are a vital part of any diet so you need to have plenty of salads, potatoes and beans – just make sure you’re using naturally grown and fresh ingredients.
For proteins, you can safely go with all types of meat, fish and eggs. Milk and yoghurts are 100% safe – you can have double cream and cheeses though keep an eye out for any flour added to them. If you’re experiencing common cravings for sweet food, you can consume pure ice cream, pure chocolate, sugar, cocoa, teas etc. Spices have also been found safe for people dealing with this disease. You can use oils, vinegars, pepper, salt, yeast – it’s all safe.
With no exception, gluten-free diet needs to be strict. Even the least amount of gluten can damage the patient’s health. Staying informed is the key for understanding this condition to its fullest extent, which will also improve your knowledge about how to properly treat this disease. Systematically, you need to start with the basic principle of avoiding the forbidden ingredients and foods and work your way up towards creating your own meals by combining all of the ingredients you are allowed to eat. There are many online destinations you can refer to – organizations for celiac patients exist on a state level so if you’re out of ideas you can learn a lot of recipes and methods of preparing your food online.
It’s of critical importance to understand that this disease can cause life threatening conditions further down the line, so you need to invest a lot of time and effort to get the disease under control – this is easily done if you have the will and knowledge on how to do it.