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The Restricted-Gluten Diet

By Dr. Thomas Stearns Lee

If you suffer from any of a variety of diseases that are aggravated by gluten sensitivities, you will want to learn all you can about where this nutrient is found.  The following "restricted-gluten diet" will help you to steer clear of these agents.

Use only those foods for which the ingredients are completely known.  Read labels!

Beverages Allowed:  Carbonated beverages, decaffeinated coffee that does not contain cereal products, buttermilk, skim milk, non-citrus fruit juices, tea, vodka, wines, and brandy.

Avoid:  Coffee substitutes, coffee, commercial chocolate milk, malted milk, Postum, Ovaltine, ale, beer, and all other alcoholic beverages.

Breads Allowed:  Bread products made from arrowroot, corn, gluten-free wheat starch flours, rice, or soybean, and pure buckwheat flour.

Avoid:  All bread products made from wheat, rye, oats, or barley.  All commercial products and mixes, buckwheat flour mixes, and bread crumbs.

Cereal Allowed:  Hot cereals:  cornmeals, cream of rice, grits.  Ready-to-eat cereals:  corn and rice products made with allowed ingredients.

Avoid:  All others, including Rice Krispies and Corn flakes.

Meats / Substitutes Allowed:  Beef, fish, lamb, pork, poultry, veal, and liver;  pure all-meat cold cuts, frankfurters, and sausage;  cheese, eggs, and peanut butter;  all prepared without the addition of wheat, rye, oats, or barley (2 or more servings daily).

Avoid:  Commercially prepared entrees;  processed cheese and cheese products containing gluten stabilizers;  processed meats with fillers;  meat alternatives or protein substitutes that may have gluten stabilizers.

Potatoes / Substitutes Allowed:  White and sweet potatoes;  grits, hominy, and rice;  low-gluten products (as desired).

Avoid:  Barley, macaroni, noodles, and spaghetti;  any prepared with wheat, rye, or oats.

Soups Allowed:  Clear broth.  Homemade cream soups (thickened with allowed flours) and vegetable soups made with allowed ingredients.

Avoid:  Any containing wheat, rye, oats, or barley;  canned soups containing prohibited ingredients.

Sweets Allowed:  Pure candies, honey, jams, jellies, marshmallows, sugars, syrups, molasses, and corn syrup.

Avoid:  Any containing wheat, rye, oats, or barley.

Condiments Allowed:  Salt, pepper, sugar, herbs, and spices.

Desserts Allowed:  Homemade custard, gelatin, cornstarch, or tapioca puddings;  ice cream and sherbet without gluten stabilizers;  water ice.  Desserts prepared with allowed flours and starches.

Avoid:  Desserts prepared from wheat, rye, oats, or barley;  all commercial desserts and mixes;  ice cream and sherbet with cereal stabilizers.

Fats Allowed:  Butter, cream, margarine, fats, real mayonnaise;  commercial salad dressings without gluten stabilizers, shortenings, vegetable oil, and lard.

Avoid:  Commercial salad dressings with gluten stabilizers.

Vegetables Allowed:  All (as desired, include dark green or yellow daily).

Vegetable Juices to Avoid:  Any prepared with wheat, rye, oats, or barley, such as cream sauces and bread crumbs.

Miscellaneous Allowed:  Baking powder, baking soda, chocolate, cocoa, coconut, gravies (made with allowed flours and starches), nuts, olives, vinegar, mustard, catsup, and pickles.

Avoid:  Any foods containing wheat, rye, oats, or barley.


Related products available in the NaturoDoc Store:


Gastric Complex

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These products are helpful in assisting the digestion of gluten-containing foods.  The first consideration, however, is identification and removal of aggravating sources.  These are excellent tools to maintain your gains.

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