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 :
- 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.
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 . 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:
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.