No Gluten? What's Left to Eat?
The only effective treatment for celiac disease and gluten intolerance is to abstain from gluten. Patients with gluten intolerance learn to avoid foods containing gluten such as wheat, barley, rye and often oats. Then they wonder, "What's left to eat?" Although mainstream grocery stores carry some gluten-free products, supply and demand dictates higher prices. Those on gluten-free diets hesitate to pay more for products they've never tasted. Others try some gluten-free products but don't like the taste or texture. Newly diagnosed celiacs often overlook naturally gluten-free fresh foods such as vegetables, fruits, meats, nuts and dairy products. How can celiacs learn to eat totally gluten-free?
Contact a registered dietitian or certified nutritionist to learn which foods are safe. And the care of a naturopathic physician will support and guide recovery from gluten intolerance symptoms.
Gluten Intolerance Group, (253) 833-6655 or gluten.net, can refer people to local celiac support groups whose members discuss how they maintain gluten-free lifestyles.
Many bookstores carry gluten-free cookbooks in special diet sections. Those cookbooks include recipes for meals, snacks and desserts, as well as baked goods.
May 17, 2007
Writer: Debra Boutin, MS, RD, assistant professor and dietetic internship director Bastyr University School of Nutrition and Exercise; Sue Corning, leader of SnoKing Celiac Support Group
Republished with permission from Seattle Post-Intelligencer