How is Gluten Sensitivity or Coeliac Disease Treated ?
The only successful treatment is to avoid gluten and gluten containing foods for life. This slowly allows the villi to return to normal, and the person’s signs and symptoms will abate. Sometimes after a long period of avoidance of gluten, the person may be able to tolerate very small amounts of gluten.
What foods should I avoid ?
Unfortunately, it is very hard to avoid gluten as it is contained in a large number of processed and manufactured foods. You will need to read all labels carefully, and food additive numbers from 1400-1450 are not suitable. Beware of foods such as custards, ice creams, biscuits, cakes, potatoe wedges and fries, baked beans, prepared tomatoe sauces, Soy Sauces, Black Bean sauce, instant packet mixes, commercial cereals, lollies, beer, ale and largers, coffee substitutes, and avoid battered and crumbed food.
What can I eat then ? Try:-
- Buckwheat flour (not a wheat)
- Brown rice, Basmati rice wild rice, maize, corn, quinoa, amaranth, millet, potatoe tapioca, arrowroot, legumes, such as beans, soy, lentils, peanuts, peas and chickpeas, gluten free cereals – try making your own mix of muesli
- Corn and rice cakes
- Dried and fresh fruit
- Yoghurt (check labels)
- Fresh vegetables
Go looking for specialty sections in the supermarkets and don’t forget to talk to your Health Food Store staff about what you can have.
Be positive about your eating habits… there are a lot more freely available gluten free foods now. Just plan ahead and read the labels. Don’t be uncomfortable about asking staff when you are eating out what ingredients are contained in their meals. Do ask or suggest that gluten free or wheat free alternatives are included on the menu.
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