Celiac disease is essentially an immune reaction to gluten; a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. If you have celiac disease, it’s important to follow a balanced diet - full of the essential nutrients you need but minus the gluten.

The below foods don’t contain gluten and are a great addition to the diet of those with celiac disease [1]:

  • Dairy products
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Meat and fish
  • Cereals and grains

See also: What Causes Celiac Disease?



What can people with celiac disease eat?


Although those with celiac disease are no longer able to eat foods containing barley, rye or wheat, there are a number of other foods that can be incorporated into their diet that can make their everyday food choices equally delicious and nutritious.

See also: What Is The Treatment For Celiac Disease?


Dairy products


Most dairy products are free from gluten; this means you can add the below to your grocery list:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Cream
  • 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:

  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Berries
  • Spinach and kale
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions

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 [2]. Some safe meat and fish options include:

  • Beef
  • Cod
  • Chicken
  • Duck
  • Salmon

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:

  • Buckwheat
  • Beans
  • Corn
  • Quinoa
  • Rice

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.

See also: How Do You Check For Celiac Disease From Home?



References


  1. NHS. Coeliac disease. Online: NHS.uk, 2019
  2. NHS. Coeliac disease. Online: NHS.uk, 2019