Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Celiac Disease Awareness Month - Gluten Free

The only effective treatment for confirmed Celiac Disease is a strict gluten-free diet. But what does that mean?

Gluten is a protein found in all forms of wheat, barley and rye. A strict gluten-free diet means avoiding any amount of:

  • Barley
  • Bulgur
  • Durum
  • Farina
  • Graham flour
  • Malt
  • Rye
  • Semolina
  • Spelt (a form of wheat)
  • Triticalee
  • Wheat
To maintain a healthy lifestyle with Celiac Disease, you must read the ingredients on every product you eat to check for these things. Even trace amounts of gluten can cause a reaction, so you have to be very careful to avoid any cross-contamination.

These ingredients can be found in a lot of unexpected food products, so you have to be very diligent, but that doesn't mean you don't have options. There are lots of safe, gluten-free foods out there.

For more information, check out Celiac.ca!

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