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The gluten-free diet is used as a treatment for people with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or wheat allergy. Before starting on the gluten-free diet, talk with your doctor to be sure all testing for celiac disease and wheat allergy has been completed. Starting the gluten-free diet before celiac testing is done can interfere with test results. There is currently no evidence-based diagnostic test for gluten sensitivity.
The gluten-free diet is used as a treatment for:
It is NOT recommended as a weight loss diet or as a healthier diet than one containing gluten. People who can tolerate gluten are not advised to follow a gluten-free diet.
To avoid gluten in the diet, read all food labels carefully to avoid products containing wheat, rye or barley. If the product label says “gluten-free,” you can feel comfortable purchasing the item. If it is NOT labeled “gluten-free,” read the ingredient list for these 6 words:
*Most people with celiac disease can tolerate gluten-free oats. However, talk to your doctor before adding them to your diet. If the product is NOT labeled gluten-free, the oats can be contaminated with wheat or barley.
Once you have shopped for gluten-free foods, make sure they do not come in contact with foods containing gluten.
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