Fatigue, bloating, gas, and abdominal pain, if you have celiac disease, you’re more than familiar with the unpleasant symptoms that occur when you’ve eaten anything containing gluten; the protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. On top of that, you likely know the importance of following a balanced gluten-free diet - full of foods containing the essential nutrients you need but minus the gluten.
Whether you have been recently diagnosed with celiac disease or you are looking for some inspiration for gluten-free foods to pick up during your next grocery shop, you’re in the right place! These are just some of the foods that don’t contain gluten which can make a great addition to the diet of those avoiding foods that contain gluten :
- Dairy products
- Fruit and vegetables
- Meat and fish
- Cereals and grains
See also: What Causes Celiac Disease?
What can I eat if I have celiac disease?
So you know that foods containing barley, rye, or wheat are off the cards, but that doesn’t mean that your options are limited! There are so many other naturally gluten-free foods that can be incorporated into your diet that can make your everyday food choices both delicious and nutritious.
If you’re a fan of all things dairy, you’re in luck. Most dairy products are free from gluten, this means you can add the below to your grocery list:
- Plain yogurt
Fruit and vegetables
Both fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables are naturally free from gluten. As the list is almost never-ending, below is a selection of fruit and vegetables that you can incorporate into your next home-cooked meal:
- Spinach and kale
Meat and fish
Although meat and fish are both gluten-free, it’s important to remember that when they have been breaded and battered - they no longer are, so be sure to stick to fresh meat and fish. Some safe meat and fish options include:
Cereals and grains
While wheat, barley, and rye should be avoided, there are certain cereals and grains that those with celiac disease can safely eat, these include:
Don’t forget to ask your local grocery store if they have a range of gluten-free options such as gluten-free bread, pasta, or cereals.
See also: What Causes a Change In Bowel Movements?
If you’re experiencing unpleasant symptoms after eating products that contain wheat, rye, barley and oats - you should take a Celiac test.
Other signs that you should take a test include:
- You’re experiencing digestive discomfort for over two weeks
- You have had diarrhoea for over two weeks
- You have thyroid issues
- You have type 1 diabetes
- You have Turner syndrome
- You suffer from rheumatoid arthritis
- You suffer from colitis (inflammation of the inner lining of the bowel)
If you would rather take the test from the comfort of your own home, LetsGetChecked’s at-home Celiac Test will give you the option to do just that! Your online results will be available within 5 days and our dedicated medical team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. The test must be taken following six weeks of a gluten-containing diet to ensure accurate results.