What is the diet?
Following a gluten-free diet involves avoiding wheat, barley, rye and all foods made with these ingredients. Reading ingredient labels for consumed foods, beverages, medications and supplements is essential to avoiding gluten.
Why is the gluten-free diet being recommended?
A strict, life-long gluten-free diet is the only treatment available for celiac disease and non-celiac wheat sensitivity (NCWS).
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease triggered by gluten ingestion, which damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. NCWS is a condition in which individuals report improvement of symptoms following the elimination of gluten from their diet. This diagnosis is only given after both celiac disease and wheat allergy are excluded.
How to read a label for gluten
Do not start the gluten-free diet until your gastroenterologist (GI) or GI-expert dietitian tells you to and gives you instructions on how to follow the diet the right way.