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Gluten Restricted Diet


The Gluten Restricted Diet is designed for those individuals who have an allergy or sensitivity to the wheat protein gluten (alpha-gliadin). Conditions such as sprue or celiac disease are associated with gluten sensitivity. It has also been found that certain behavioral abnormalities (schizophrenia) may be associated with gluten reactivity. Inflammatory bowel disorders may have a relationship to mucosal hypersensitivity to this food protein or its partial digestion products (exorphins). The Gluten Restricted Diet is designed to exclude gluten-rich foods such as wheat, buckwheat, barley, oats and rye.

Gluten sensitivity is genetically linked and may be a consequence of altered secretory IgA antibodies produced by the intestinal mucosal cells.

Depending upon the individual’s specific food choices the Gluten Restricted Diet can be adequate in all essential nutrients as defined by the RDA’s of the National Research Council.



1/2 cup orange juice 1 egg (poached) or egg substitutes
1 cup puffed rice 10 whole, shelled, unsalted almonds
1 cup skim milk or milk (2% fat) Hot, non-caloric beverage


1 cup soup, vegetable 2 ounces sliced turkey breast
2 slices gluten-free bread 2 rice wafers
1 apple 1 cup skim milk or milk (2% fat)
2 teaspoons butter, margarine, or mayonnaise, sliced lettuce and tomato for sandwich


3 ounces broiled halibut 1 cup brown rice
1 cup steamed broccoli 2 teaspoons oil and vinegar dressing
1 slice gluten-free bread 1 teaspoon margarine or butter
1 banana 1 cup skim milk or milk (2% fat)
Hot, non-caloric beverage 1 cup yogurt
1 cup salad: romaine or Boston lettuce, sliced carrots, cucumbers, mushrooms, green peppers, celery

Nutrient Content

Calories: 1590

Protein: 12%

Carbohydrates: 58%

Fat: 30%

Cholesterol: 350 mg

Fiber: 15 g


Bread and Cereal Exchange List:

4 or more servings per day


• Breads and rolls made from:

• Arrowroot • Corn • Potato

• Rice • Soybean flour • Gluten-free bread mix

• Corn or rice cereals • Brown rice • White rice (enriched)

• Rice noodles • Potato • Sweet potato

• Beans (dried) • Green peas • Lentils

Avoid: • All others

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Fat Exchange List


• Nuts • All fats not noted below

Avoid: • Commercial salad dressings which contain gluten stabilizers

Fruit Exchange List:

2 or more servings per day

Recommended: • All fruits and fruit juices

Avoid: • None

Meat and Meat Substitute Exchange List:

6 or more servings per day


Meats Fish
Eggs Poultry
Peanut butter Shellfish
Natural cheeses


• Any meat prepared with restricted grains such as:

• Luncheon meats • Spreads • Processed cheese

Milk Exchange List:

2 or more servings per day

Recommended: • Unflavored milk and milk products

Avoid: • Commercial chocolate milk

• Malted milk

• All other milks with wheat products added

Vegetable Exchange List:

4 or more servings per day

Recommended: • Fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables prepared without grains

Avoid: • Creamed or breaded vegetables, unless prepared with the recommended ingredients

Miscellaneous Exchange List


• Soups and broths made with recommended ingredients


• Cereal beverages such as Postum and Ovaltine

• Beer, ale, and other beverages made with the restricted grains

Note: Include 6 to 8 cups of fluids, such as water, per day.

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