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The Gluten-free Diet: Some Examples
In 2006, the American Dietetic Association updated its recommendations for a gluten-free diet. The following chart is based on the 2006 recommendations. This list is not complete, so people with celiac disease should discuss gluten-free food choices with a dietitian or physician who specializes in celiac disease. People with celiac disease should always read food ingredient lists carefully to make sure that the food does not contain gluten.

Allowed Foods
Amaranth Arrowroot  Buckwheat Cassava
Corn Flax Indian rice grass Job's tears Legumes
Millet Nuts Potatoe Quinoa Rice Sago Seeds
Soy Sorghum Tapioca
Wild Rice Yucca

Foods To Avoid
Including einkorn, emmer, spelt, kamut
Wheat starch, wheat bran, wheat germ, cracked wheat, hydrolyzed wheat protein
Triticale (a cross between wheat and rye)
Other Wheat Products
Bromated flour,Durum flour
Enriched flour, Farina Graham flour, Phosphated flour
Plain flour Self-rising flour
Semolina, White flour
Processed Foods That May Contain Wheat, Barley, or Rye*
Bouillon cubes
Brown rice syrup
Chips/potato chips

Cold cuts, hot dogs, salami, sausage
Communion wafer French fries
Imitation fish
Rice mixes
Sauces Seasoned tortilla chips
Self-basting turkey
Soy sauce
Vegetables in sauce
* Most of these foods can be found gluten-free. When in doubt, check with the food manufacturer.

From the following resource: Thompson T. Celiac Disease Nutrition Guide, 2nd ed. Chicago: American Dietetic Association; 2006. American Dietetic Association. Adapted with permission. For a complete copy of the Celiac Disease Nutrition Guide, please visit

What are the complications of celiac disease?
Damage to the small intestine and the resulting nutrient absorption problems put a person with celiac disease at risk for malnutrition, anemia, and several other diseases and health problems.

Lymphoma and adenocarcinoma are cancers that can develop in the intestine.

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become weak, brittle, and prone to breaking. Poor calcium absorption contributes to osteoporosis.

Miscarriage and congenital malformation of the baby, such as neural tube defects, are risks for pregnant women with untreated celiac disease because of nutrient absorption problems.

Short stature refers to being significantly under the average height. Short stature results when childhood celiac disease prevents nutrient absorption during the years when nutrition is critical to a child's normal growth and development. Children who are diagnosed and treated before their growth stops may have a catch-up period.

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