Celiac disease: The gluten-free diet

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Children with celiac disease must follow a strict gluten-free diet. Learn what foods are and are not allowed on a gluten-free diet.

Key points

  • Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition in which any contact with gluten (a family of food proteins) triggers a reaction from the body’s defense (immune) system.
  • Gluten is found in rye, barley, triticale and all forms of wheat.
  • The only treatment for celiac disease is a strict gluten-free diet for life. The gluten-free diet will help heal the gut, improve symptoms that may have been present and keep your child healthy.
  • Always read labels for sources of gluten.
  • Choose products that are naturally gluten-free more often.
Last updated: February 6th 2017