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Your Gluten Free Diet

What is a gluten free diet?

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A strict gluten free diet is currently the only effective way to manage coeliac disease. All foods containing wheat, rye and barley (including lesser known varieties like tritcale, kamut and spelt) must be eliminated when following a gluten free diet.

It is important to bear in mind that even small quantities of gluten can lead to the lining of the gut becoming inflamed. Consideration should be paid to the ingredients found in all foods, including those that don’t obviously appear to contain any gluten-containing ingredients, such as crisps or chocolate.

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This is because there can be the chance of small traces of gluten still being present in these products through cross contamination during the manufacturing process. We suggest you refer to the Coeliac UK food and drink directory as guidance when planning which foods and drinks to enjoy.

It is also essential to have an appointment with a dietitian who has expertise in coeliac disease for a full dietary review and advice on how to follow a gluten free diet.

Check our Next Steps for information about visiting a dietitian after your coeliac disease diagnosis.

Read about starting a gluten free diet here

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