Gluten-free foods are foods like fruits, vegetables and meats, for example because they do not contain gluten protein in their composition.
These foods are the only foods that can be ingested in cases of celiac disease, because in these cases, gluten can damage the walls in the intestine and cause diarrhea and abdominal pain making it difficult to absorb nutrients.
However, everyone can benefit by decreasing the consumption of gluten because gluten can cause bloating and abdominal discomfort.
List of gluten free foods
Gluten-free foods are:
- Vegetables and greens;
- Meat and fish;
- Rice flour, cassava, almond, corn, beans, peas, soybeans, yams;
- Rice, corn, amaranth, arrowroot, buckwheat, quinoa;
- Cornstarch (popular cornstarch);
- Potato starch;
- Cooked Corn Meal;
- Salt, sugar, chocolate powder, cocoa;
- Oils, olive oil, butters and margarine.
There are also other gluten-free foods that can easily be bought at natural food stores like bread and pasta, but in this case the product label should indicate 'gluten free food' or 'gluten free'.
How to follow a gluten free diet
To follow a gluten-free diet, you can only eat gluten-free foods and it is necessary to exclude all foods with gluten such as those made with wheat, barley or rye flour such as cakes, biscuits, or bread, for example.
A gluten-free diet can help decrease the symptoms caused by gluten in celiac patients like diarrhea and abdominal pain. A gluten-free diet is also used to lose weight because crackers, bread, cakes or cookies are eliminated from the diet, for example, which decreases the calories that are ingested.
To follow a gluten-free diet it is important to have the follow-up with a nutritionist to ensure that all the nutrients required by the body are ingested.