What is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and foods made from these cereals,
oats contain a similar protein - seek advice based upon the Coeliac UK's statement
on Oats. A gluten free diet avoids all foods containing wheat, rye, and barley,
and possibly oats.
Why a Gluten Free Diet?
There are two separate conditions which are caused by a reaction to gluten.
a) Coeliac condition - gluten causes a reaction which affects the lining of
the small bowel reducing its ability to absorb food.
b) Dermatitis herpetiformis - gluten causes a skin reaction
Both conditions respond to a gluten free diet.
Gluten free manufactured products
The charity Coeliac UK publishes a comprehensive handbook of manufactured products
regarded as being gluten free by the manufacturers and are therefore permitted
in a gluten free diet. The handbook is updated every year, changes which occur
during the year are updated by Coeliac UK and are available from them.
It is very important to realise that manufacturers are constantly reviewing
their products and changes may occur in product formulation even thought the
packet may still appear to look the same
The Charity was formed in 1968 to promote the welfare of children and adults
who have been medically diagnosed as having Coeliac condition or Dermatitis
In addition to producing the list of Gluten Free Manufactured Foods, the charity
also produces a wide range of useful information for anyone diagnosed with either
of the conditions. Contact Coeliac UK at the address below for more useful information
PO Box 220
Foods Allowed Freely
Cereals and Flour
Corn or maize, cornmeal
Rice, brown, white or wild
Arrowroot, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, sorghum, teff
Specially manufactured gluten free flour, or wheat starch, or mixes
Cornflour or maize flour, polenta
Rice flour, ground rice
Potato starch or flour
Bean flours, chickpea flour, split pea flour
Sago, tapioca, cassava
Bread, Cakes and Biscuits
Specially manufactured gluten free bread and rolls, including part baked rolls
Specially manufactured gluten free biscuits, crispbreads and crackers
Gluten free cakes, Rice Cakes, Gluten free pastry
Specially manufactured gluten free pizza bases
Gluten free meringues and macaroons
Cornflakes and Rice Cereals.
Specially prepared gluten-free muesli
Specially-manufactured gluten free pasta
Rice or Corn pasta
Meat and Poultry
All fresh meats including poultry and game, offal.
Meat canned or pre-packed in its own juices or jelly.
Smoked or cured pure meat such as bacon or ham.
Sausages that are 100% meat
Specially made gluten-free sausages
Continental sausages containing only meat
Fish and Shell Fish
All fresh fish and other seafood.
Smoked, kippered and dried fish and shell fish.
Fish canned in oil or brine.
Frozen, plain fish and shellfish.
Cheese and Eggs
All natural plain cheeses, cottage cheese, low fat cheese and diet cheeses
Cheese with added fruit, vegetables, nuts and herbs.
Milk and Milk Products
Fresh dried, condensed and evaporated milk
Skimmed and semi skimmed milk
Sterilised and UHT milk
Fresh cream, soured cream, buttermilk, crème fraiche.
Most yogurts and fromage frais
Coffee and tea creamers and whiteners
Fats and Oils
Butter, margarine, lard and cooking oils.