10 Super foods for people with celiac disease

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What are some super foods that are good for people with celiac disease? Here are 10 great ones.
According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, celiac disease damages the small intestine, interfering with the body’s ability to absorb necessary nutrients. People with celiac disease are unable to eat any foods with gluten, which is a protein found in certain grains like wheat, bulgar, kasha, and rye.

What are some super foods that are good for people with celiac disease? Here are 10 great super foors for celiac disease (in no particular order):

1. Quinoa

According to the Mayo Clinic, quinoa is naturally gluten free (although you should always confirm that yours comes from a gluten free facility). Quinoa is actually a seed, and it’s rich in protein—particularly amino acids. Use it as you would couscous.

2. Sweet potatoes

Potatoes, including sweet potatoes, also are naturally gluten free. Better yet, sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, and more. Try it baked or made into homemade fries. The Center for Science in the Public Interest named it as one of the top healthiest foods (for anyone).

3. Mangos

Another food from the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s list, mangoes are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, and fiber. Slice them and eat them, or use them in salsas.

4. Wild Salmon

We’ve heard lots about the wonderful omega-3 fatty acids found in wild salmon during the past few years and, as a gluten free food, it’s great for people with celiac disease. Those omega-3s? Really heart healthy.

5. Dried blueberries

Pediatric dietitian Lara Field, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., says that dried blueberries are filled with antioxidants, which are great for preventing cancer. “Limit to 1/4 cup and you’ll get a whopping 6 grams of fiber (aids with digestion and appetite control),” she wrote last year on the Allergy Sense blog.

6. Beans

Whatever kind of beans you like, they are a fabulous food to eat for their nutritional value (rich in protein, fiber, and more). Field favors cannellini beans, while the Center for Science in the Public’s Interest prefers garbanzos.

7. Yogurt

Calcium, protein . . . yogurt is one of those healthy things everyone should be eating. And, according to WebMD, who named it as one of their 10 super foods, it’s even better if it’s enriched with probiotics, which are good for digestion.

8. Broccoli

This popular vegetable is great for you with hearty amounts of vitamin A, C, and K, according to WebMD. Oh, and it’s rich in fiber too.

9. Leafy greens

Like broccoli, leafy greens are rich in vitamin A, C, and K, that’s why they made the top 10 list for the Center for Science in the Public’s Interest. Try sautéing greens with a little garlic.

10. Eggs

Eggs can be perfect at any meal of the day and, despite the bad rap they got in the 90s, they are a nutrition packed snack containing 12 vitamins and minerals, according to WebMD.

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