Gluten-Free Diet


What is a gluten-free diet? A gluten-free diet is an eating plan that helps you get the nutrition you need from foods that do not contain gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and oats. Some vitamin supplements and medicines may also contain gluten. Gluten may cause health problems for people with celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, and wheat allergy. You will need to avoid many grains, pasta, cereal products, and processed foods on this diet.

Which foods do I need to avoid? The grains and ingredients to avoid are found in many foods such as flour, bread, pasta, cereal, cakes, and cookies.

What can I eat and drink on a gluten-free diet? Choose foods labeled as gluten-free. You may be able to eat gluten-free oats, or you may be able to eat regular oats in small amounts. Ask your dietitian if oats are safe for you to eat. You may also eat the following foods:

What is a sample diet for 1 day?

What can I do to make a gluten-free diet part of my lifestyle?

What are the risks of a gluten-free diet?

Where can I find more information?

When should I contact my caregiver? Contact your caregiver if:

When should I seek immediate care? Seek care immediately or call 911 if:


You have the right to help plan your care. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

© 2015 Truven Health Analytics Inc. Information is for End User's use only and may not be sold, redistributed or otherwise used for commercial purposes. All illustrations and images included in CareNotes® are the copyrighted property of A.D.A.M., Inc. or Truven Health Analytics.