Nutrition for Celiac Disease Patients

Lauren K. Williams, M.S., Registered Dietitian, discusses nutrition choices for celiac disease.

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Lauren K. Williams, M.S., Registered Dietitian, discusses nutrition choices for celiac disease.
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Featuring Lauren K. Williams, M.S., RD

Duration: 2 minutes, 13 seconds

If you've been recently diagnosed with celiac disease from your local doctor, here's some nutrition tips that you can follow to manage your condition.

An important thing to remember is celiac disease can be managed through a complete gluten-free diet. Gluten is a protein that can be found in many grains such as wheat, barley, rye as well as oats that have been processed in a facility containing other wheat products.

If you've been recently diagnosed with celiac disease and you're looking to determine what foods gluten might be found in, you want to look for your breads, anything containing wheat or a form of wheat, or flour. Those also will contain gluten. Rye, barley, as i mentioned oats, that are processed in a facility with wheat, watch out, those will contain gluten as well.

Watch for soups and sauces that may contain ingredients that you don't know such as artificial flavorings or artificial seasonings. Even the seasoning that you put on meats and marinades may also have gluten in them.

Alternatives for you so that you make sure you're including your grains so you don't miss out on those important vitamins and minerals. Rice, things like wild rice, brown rice, excellent, excellent sources of vitamins and minerals and they're gluten free.

For baking needs look for things like almond flour, garbanzo bean flour, potato starch, tapioca, those can all be used as thickeners and in baking, and they are gluten-free products for you.

You may also find gluten-free products in the grocery store, if they have that gluten-free label on them you know that you can trust that they are gluten-free. Make sure again that you are checking all of the ingredient list for any items that you do not know.

For more information on how to manage your celiac disease and foods you need to be aware of, contact your local nutritionist or your local registered dietitian.

Presenter: Ms. Lauren K. Williams, Registered Dietitian, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Registered Dietitian

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Quiz: Do You Understand Celiac Disease?


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A gluten-free diet is the only treatment if you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease.


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This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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