The perfect gluten free diet for celiac disease patients reduces the symptoms of intestinal damage. It can take up to 3 - 6 months to restore to health the small intestine and over 2 years to heal an older celiac patient. A small number of patients never heal because of severe damage that has been caused to the intestine. This causes the intestine to become unresponsive to all changes, including elimination of gluten.
This article puts together a basic diet, along with basic information for those diagnosed with celiac disease. It is advisable, however, for all patients to consult a physician or dietitian who can capably guide them into leading a proper lifestyle.
Celiac disease patients should completely avoid the following foods: wheat, which includes kamut, spelt, einkorn, and emmer, wheat starch, cracked wheat, wheat bran, hydrolyzed wheat protein, wheat germ, rye, barley, bromated flour, enriched flour, durum flour, farina, graham flour, plain flour, phosphate flour, self-raising flour, white flour, semolina, and triticale.
Many process foods contain traces of gluten. These foods must also be avoided. The list includes bouillon cubes, brown rice syrup, candy, potato chips, cold cuts, sausages, salami, hot dogs, communion wafers, French fries, gravy, imitation fish, matzo, rice mixes, sauces, tortilla chips, self-baking turkey, soups, soy sauce, and vegetables.
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