But celiac disease can be controlled by not eating food products that contain gluten. A gluten-free diet can repair the damage that was caused to the intestines and the patient can lead a healthy, normal life. But the rule is that anyone with celiac disease will have to eat foods without gluten every day of their lives, if they want to remain well. Even small amounts of gluten in the food can cause some damage to the body.
- Breads and cereals: Choose these - rolls, buns and breads made with tapioca, soybean, sorghum, rice, potato, pea, corn, carob, and arrowroot. You can eat pure corn tortillas, potato chips, wild rice, puffed rice, and rice noodles.
- Fruits and vegetables: You can eat all sorts of vegetables that are frozen, fresh, canned or dried. Yams and sweet potatoes are good for you too. Avoid breaded vegetables, cheese sauce, or vegetables cooked with cream sauce.
- Meats and meatless protein: You can eat tofu, soy protein without fillers, peanut butter, nuts, beans, dried peas, shellfish and fish, and all fresh poultry and meat products. Avoid breaded meats and fish, meat patties and meatloaf, canned meats, sausages, cold cuts, meat products prepared with barley, oats, rye or wheat.
- Dairy products: You can consume dairy products like Parmesan, Swiss, and Cheddar cheese, yoghurt without cereal flavor, condensed milk, and skimmed or dry milk. Avoid processed cheesy foods, cereal beverages, malted milk, and commercial drinks and chocolate milk.
- Oils and Fats: You can use homemade salad dressings, vegetable oils, margarine, and butter. Avoid using cream sauces thickened with flour.