Gluten-free Recipes

Basics

Overview

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and some oats. Although avoiding gluten is a popular trend, only people living with celiac disease need to eliminate gluten from their diet. In celiac disease, eating foods containing gluten can damage the lining of the small intestine and result in serious malnutrition, pain, nerve damage and other problems.

Diagnosis of celiac disease involves a blood test and a biopsy of the intestine. If the tests are positive, the doctor will recommend eliminating all gluten to help the intestinal lining heal and better absorb nutrients from food.

This is harder than it sounds, since gluten is present in all foods made with wheat, rye or barley – and a lot of other foods as well, including soy sauce, gravy, canned soups, nutritional bars and supplements, and prepared foods.

Lots of good food is naturally gluten free, such as fresh, unprocessed vegetables, fruit, fish, nuts, beans and lean meat. Carefully curated recipes can lower the risk of accidentally eating gluten and provide good nutrition to support a healing digestive tract.