A gluten-free diet or products excludes any foods containing gluten, a protein found in wheat and several other grains. It means eating only whole foods that don’t contain gluten, such as fruits, vegetables, meat and eggs, and processed gluten-free foods like gluten-free bread or pasta.
“Gluten is a protein naturally occurring in certain foods, but it can also be added to foods during processing for texture,” explains Rajagopal. Gluten can be used as a binding agent and flavouring, so you can sometimes find it in foods you wouldn’t expect. In addition to foods like pizza, pasta, cereal and baked goods, gluten can be in everything from soy sauce and ice cream to certain medications, beauty products and dietary supplements.
Some people think going gluten-free means not eating carbohydrates, but this isn’t the case. Many foods containing carbs, such as rice, potatoes and beans, don’t contain gluten.
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