SymptomFind's Guide to Creating a Gluten-Free Diet Plan

Medically Reviewed by Carolin Schneider, MD

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Gluten is a protein found in products derived from wheat, barley, and rye. It is well established that consumption of gluten triggers the onset of the digestive disorder celiac disease. Starting and maintaining a gluten-free diet is the only way to effectively manage the symptoms associated with celiac disease. This diet regimen is also necessary for those suffering from a food allergy to wheat and wheat products. 

Today, many people who are not diagnosed with celiac disease or a wheat allergy are still opting for gluten-free diets. Many believe that eating a gluten-free diet may help them lose weight, increase their energy, or ameliorate their headaches. However, the evidence for these associations is primarily anecdotal. In fact, researchers do not recommend following a gluten-free diet unless you have been diagnosed with celiac disease or have a gluten sensitivity (wheat allergy). 

Nonetheless, maintaining a gluten-free diet can get complicated — and it may result in come vitamin and nutrient deficiencies. With this in mind, we're providing a starting point for folks diagnosed with celiac disease and wheat allergies, so that they can maintain a balanced diet while accounting for their digestive health.