Lately, I hear more and more people talking about gluten-free diet which is becoming a “trend” to lose a few kilos, especially in America. Personally, I do not encourage this trend and, in addition, I always advise to consult a specialist before starting such a diet.
As I promised you a few days ago (see article of October 26 below), and before listing some of the foods that are allowed (and NOT all) for people hit with celiac disease, I would like to clarify some very important points: (1) before starting a gluten free diet, it is mandatory to perform an accurate diagnosis done by a medical specialist; (2) be aware that gluten can be present in foods or preparations in a masked and concealed form; (3) it has been shown that the risk of traces of gluten is still present in some preparations deemed not to contain such traces (contamination can occur during packing or bagging); (4) we must ensure that the medicines we may take do not contain gluten; (5) if in doubt about the composition of any product, it is best not to consume it.
Let’s move now to the list of allowed foods. Caution: these lists are only indicative and are not exhaustive. Always consult your physician for better personal information.
The main allowed products and foods are the following:
– Meat and poultry
– Fish, crustaceans and molluscs in their natural form, fish eggs.
– Plain natural yoghurt
– White cheeses and “petits suisses” in their natural form.
– Grains and flours: corn, rice, buckwheat, quinoa, sesame and all their derivatives (in the form of starch, flour or cornstarch)
– Potatoes and potato starch
– Vegetables, whether fresh, dried, frozen in their natural form, canned in their natural form
– Fresh and frozen fruits in their natural form
– Delicatessen: cooked or raw ham, bacon, smoked or not
– Fats: butter, oil and fresh cream
– Sugary products: beet sugar, cane sugar, fructose, honey and jelly
– Drinks: all allowed (except beer and variegated drinks). Coffee in its natural form, freeze-dried coffee, tea, fruit juices and sodas
– Condiments: fine herbs, pure spices, pepper grains, pickles and salt.
Tomorrow, we will quickly discuss a list of the main foods and products that are to be avoided by people hit with celiac disease. In the meantime, I wish you a good reading.