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My primary physician advised me to follow a gluten-free diet. What foods are allowed and what are to be avoided

I would advise you to see a registered dietitian for a one-on-one discussion. I can help you with a referral.

A person who has been diagnosed with celiac sprue (were you?) needs to follow a gluten-free diet. Gluten is a protein in wheat, oats, barley and rye, so you need to avoid these foods. Corn, rice and potatoes are okay. Gliadin (a component of gluten) is what causes the sensitivity. It is a common food additive, so you need to learn how to read labels and know all the label terms that indicate the presence of gliadin.

Find more information at the Celiac Disease Foundation website and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

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BJC dietitians also can be located by calling Help For Your Health at 314.747.7234.

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