Currently, the only treatment for celiac disease is a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet. Eating gluten, no matter how small the amount, can damage the intestine.
A gluten-free diet means avoiding all foods that contain wheat, rye, and barley in all forms. It is important to read all labels carefully for these ingredients, as sometimes, they are listed under less common names. For example, wheat may be referred to as spelt, triticale or khorasan on an ingredients label.
Despite these restrictions, people with celiac disease can eat a well-balanced diet with a variety of foods, including bread and pasta. Many gluten-free alternatives are now made with potato, rice, soy, or bean flour. In addition, plain meat, fish, fruits and vegetables are naturally gluten-free, so people with celiac disease can continue to eat these foods after diagnosis. For a quick overview of the gluten-free diet and a list of some great alternatives, visit our Gluten-Free Diet page.
Following a gluten-free diet may seem daunting at first, but, with a little creativity, anyone can make delicious gluten-free meals. Visit the Gluten-Free Recipes section for delicious meal ideas.
The Getting Started Guide
For more information or help with managing the gluten-free diet:
Download the Beyond Celiac Getting Started: A Guide to Celiac Disease & the Gluten-Free Diet.
This free, comprehensive guide provides information for maintaining a gluten-free diet and also lists nationwide resources to help you find gluten-free food near your home.
For more personal advice, Beyond Celiac strongly encourages you to make an appointment with a registered dietitian skilled in celiac disease. A dietitian is a key member of your healthcare team and can help you learn the basics of a gluten-free diet and make suggestions to get your body healthy.