Celiac Disease: What Is a Gluten-Free Diet?

Celiac Disease: What Is a Gluten-Free Diet?


If you have celiac disease, you need to eliminate
foods with gluten from your diet. Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH. A gluten-free diet means not eating foods
that contain gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. If you have celiac disease,
removing gluten from your diet will control symptoms, heal existing damage to the small
intestine, and prevent further damage over time. Your doctor may suggest that you work with
a dietitian to create a gluten-free diet plan. The dietitian can help you understand how
to read food labels and identify gluten-containing foods at the grocery store or eating out. The good news is that there are many healthy,
gluten-free foods available. And, most people recover completely on a gluten-free diet. For more information, follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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