Eating Gluten-Free

One in 133 Americans has celiac disease – if you are one of them, you should be following a gluten-free diet for life. Even a small amount of gluten can cause problems and result in damage to the small intestine. The good news is that following a gluten-free diet can greatly improve and may even completely resolve symptoms, heal existing intestinal damage and prevent further problems. You can go gluten-free by avoiding all foods containing wheat, oats, barley and rye. Also read labels carefully – gluten can turn up in cold cuts, soups, candies and soy sauce. Be aware of ingredients such as starch, modified food starch, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP), texturized vegetable protein (TVP), binders, fillers, excipients, extenders, malt and natural flavorings, all of which may indicate the presence of gluten. The Celiac Disease Foundation ( and the Celiac Sprue Association ( are good sources for more information on gluten-free foods.

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