Topic outline

  • The only available treatment for celiac disease is a strict and lifelong gluten-free diet. Under the gluten-free diet, symptoms will improve in most cases, the antibody levels will gradually normalize and the intestine will mostly recover.

    Since gluten is contained in a wide variety of commonly eaten foods, the necessary dietary adjustments after a confirmed diagnosis can be challenging. Good knowledge on the gluten-free diet and its implications on daily routines are essential to avoid dietary mistakes and involuntary gluten ingestion. Part of the required knowledge is to know how gluten-free foods need to be labeled in order to choose safe options.

    With the gluten-free diet, all nutrient requirements can be met and dietary supplements are usually not necessary. Although generally healthy, the gluten-free diet requires more considerate food choices than a normal diet, especially when certain co-morbidities or lifestyle choices are present as well. The risk of nutrient deficiencies or excesses can be minimized when considerate food choices are made.

    Test Your Knowledge!

    Lesson 1 - Gluten-Free Diet - What Can I Eat?

    Lesson 2 - How Do I Read Food Labels?

    Lesson 3 - How Healthy is the Glutenfree Diet?

    Quiz - Gluten-free ShoppingRequest to the Cook

    Overview of the contents and learning aims of Unit 3 

    • Proceed to...

      Unit 1 - Understanding Celiac Disease

      Unit 2 - Diagnosing Celiac Disease

      Unit 4 - Living with Celiac Disease