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Tips for Following a Gluten-Free Diet

Older adults who have been diagnosed with celiac disease need to follow a strict gluten-free diet to prevent uncomfortable symptoms and damage to the intestine. Gluten is present in so many foods that it can be hard to avoid. Whether your aging relative has been following a gluten-free diet for some time or if they are new to it, knowing some tips, like the ones below, for identifying gluten in foods can make choosing the right foods easier.

 

Senior Care in Carlsbad CA: Gluten-Free Diet

Senior Care in Carlsbad CA: Gluten-Free Diet

 

Work with a Dietician

If you feel uncertain about how to help your aging relative follow a gluten-free diet, ask the senior’s doctor for a referral to a dietician who has experience with celiac disease. A dietician can provide advice about what kinds of grains don’t contain gluten and the nutrients the older adult needs.

 

Know the Main Sources of Gluten

Gluten is a kind of protein found in some grains. It is what gives flour mixed with water its sticky texture. In fact, the word “gluten” is Latin for “glue.” The main sources of gluten are:

  • Wheat.
  • Barley.
  • Rye.
  • Triticale.
  • Malt.
  • Brewer’s Yeast.

 

Learn How to Identify Gluten on Food Labels

Gluten can be a sneaky ingredient. It’s found in foods where you might not expect it. For example, even some brands of veggie burgers contain gluten as a binding ingredient. Gluten may also be present in salad dressings and condiments. Identifying foods that contain gluten involves knowing how to read food labels and what words indicate gluten is present. In addition to looking for the names of grains that contain gluten, you’ll also need to watch for other terms that mean grains with gluten, such as:

  • Triticum Vulgare (wheat).
  • Triticale (wheat and rye).
  • Hordeum vulgare (barley).
  • Secale cereale (rye).
  • Triticum spelta (spelt, a kind of wheat).

 

Be Careful with Oats

Although oats are gluten-free, they may be processed in a facility where wheat is processed. This can contaminate the oats, making them unsafe for those on a gluten-free diet. To be certain that oats are gluten-free, look for the words “gluten-free” on the label.

 

Use Home Care

Following a gluten-free diet may be hard for older adults, especially if they are not adept at cooking or if they have cognitive issues. Home care can assist the senior to plan meals that don’t include gluten. A home care provider can also drive the older adult to the grocery store and help them to shop, reading the labels for them. Home care providers can even cook meals for your aging relative, ensuring they closely follow the diet suggested by the doctor or dietician.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering  Senior Care in Carlsbad, CA, or the San Diego and Surrounding Area, please contact the caring staff at GoldenCare today. Call us at 760-828-5201.

Sources

https://www.verywellhealth.com/

https://www.healthline.com/

https://celiac.org/about-the-foundation/

Porsha Vogt

Owner at Golden Care
As the owner of Golden Care, Porsha enables seniors in Carlsbad and San Diego County area to live safe, happy lives in their own homes for as long as they can. Her mission, and the mission of Golden Care, includes assisting family members with elder care for their loved ones while maintaining their own professional and personal lives; creating a family-oriented environment, staffed by professional caregivers that go the extra mile to serve seniors; and increasing respect and concern for seniors in our society. Porsha has a degree in Business Management from the University of Colorado and brings her background in finance and entrepreneurialism to the service of seniors and their loved ones through Golden Care.