Celiac Disease-Danielle Billat

A general overview of Celiac Disease and how to treat it. 

What Is Celiac Disease?

Celiac Disease

In recent years, gluten free diets have risen in popularity. It is the cool new trendy diet that everyone is trying. For individuals with Celiac Disease, a gluten free diet is a necessity if they want to avoid painful and uncomfortable symptoms and permanent damage to the small intestines.  

Celiac Disease is a disease that causes your body to have an immune response, which attacks the small intestines when a protein called gluten is ingested. The immune response attacks the villi found in the small intestines, which are important for adequate nutrient absorption. In order to help you better understand this disease, a video explaining the disease in detail has been included. Please watch the video before moving on to the next section of this lesson. 

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_What is Celiac Disease

Gluten Free Diet

Gluten Free Diet

Where is Gluten Found?

Gluten is found in foods that contain or are made with Wheat, Rye, or Barley. Gluten is one of the proteins found in these grains. So foods that are made with these grains (wheat, rye, or barley) will contain gluten and should not be consumed by individuals with Celiac Disease. Below I have included a link containing a list of common foods which contain gluten. This is not a complete list, it is just meant to give you an idea of foods which contain gluten. Please review the list as it will help you manage your Celiac Disease.

Reading a Nutrition Label and Ingredient List

Following a gluten-free diet seems simple and straight forward, however, gluten can be hidden in so many foods, so it can be tricky to ensure all of your food is gluten-free. Because gluten can be hidden in different foods, it is important to learn how to read a nutrition label and ingredient list on food packaging. Before I show an example of a nutrition label, I want to give you a list of some trigger words that indicate that gluten is present but can be difficult to identify. 

Trigger Words for Identifying Gluten1:

  • Wheat
  • Varieties and derivatives of wheat, such as:
    • wheatberries
    • durum
    • emmer
    • semolina
    • spelt
    • farina
    • farro
    • graham
    • KAMUT® khorasan wheat
    • einkorn wheat
  • Rye
  • Barley
  • Triticale
  • Malt in various forms including: malted barley flour, malted milk or milkshakes, malt extract, malt syrup, malt flavoring, malt vinegar
  • Brewer’s Yeast
  • Wheat Starch that has not been processed to remove the presence of gluten to below 20ppm and does not adhere to the FDA Labeling Law

Below is a picture of a nutrition label for spaghetti noodles. I am using this as an example so I can show you the different places you need to look to ensure the food you are looking at doesn't contain gluten. 

Healthy Diet

A Healthy Diet

Despite the dietary restrictions individuals with Celiac Disease must follow, it is still important to maintain a healthy diet. I have included a brief 5 minute instructional video about how to use the Choose My Plate website, which is the latest recommendations for a healthy diet. Please watch the video and spend some time exploring the website so you can ensure you have a healthy diet.