How to combine a vegetarian diet and a gluten-free diet?

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You can follow one Vegetarian diet even when you suffer from celiac disease? How to make the two needs coexist? A vegetarian diet and at the same time gluten free it's possible. Just follow some useful tips.


Following a balanced and correct diet and a varied diet is always essential. In the case of celiac disease it is necessary to eliminate all products that contain gluten and those who are also vegetarians will not eat either meat or fish.

At first glance this combination of choices may appear very restrictive, but in reality the combination of a vegetarian diet and a gluten-free diet is possible. We remember that celiac disease celiac disease is a permanent intolerance to gluten, a protein present in wheat, barley or rye, which triggers an attack on the small intestine by the immune system.


The only therapy, following one diagnosis of overt celiac disease, is to always follow one strict gluten-free diet. Vegetarianism is a lifestyle, a personal choice, which is based on a profound respect for animals and for the Planet and which translates it into very specific food choices.

Those who are celiac and vegetarian can make life easier by thinking that it is the vegetarian diet (or the vegan diet) that the gluten-free diet can take a cue from the Mediterranean diet, which has a strong vegetal matrix. He remembers it Letizia Saturni, member of Dr. Schär Institute, Specialist in Nutrition Sciences and Zen Health Coach, noting the following:


"The double regime, gluten-free and vegetarian, can absolutely coexist without leading to nutritional inadequacies. A gluten-free diet, if properly balanced, is certainly sustainable, without particular sacrifices, both thanks to the great availability of substitute products on the market, and thanks to a wide range of fresh foods naturally gluten-free, equally sustainable is declining it in a vegetarian key by abounding in foods of plant origin that provide proteins such as legumes ".


Doctor Luca Elli, member of the Dr. Schär Institute and Head of the Center for the Prevention and Diagnosis of Celiac Disease of the IRCCS Ca 'Granda Foundation Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico di, explains that the vegetarian diet must always be carefully planned from a nutrient point of view, to avoid running into nutritional deficiencies to the detriment of the body.

This statement therefore it is doubly important if other needs are added to the vegetarian diet such as those of celiacs, already on a gluten-free diet, or diabetic, nephropathic or allergic subjects who must, in order not to aggravate their health, follow further dietary-therapeutic restrictions. It is therefore essential to avoid the "do it yourself" and contact an expert nutritionist or dietician, to define together a balanced and personalized diet capable of combining the needs of the two diets in the best possible way.

Cereals and their gluten-free derivatives, here are the solutions to replace wheat, barley and other cereals that contain gluten. The vegetarian diet and the gluten free diet they have several food sources in common that allow them to avoid the most common nutritional deficiencies. A source of vitamins, fiber and mineral salts, cereals play a primary role in the gluten-free diet. Today, also thanks to globalization, the market has opened up to new cereali, together with traditional cereals (rice and sorghum) historically protagonists of a gluten-free diet, we find the so-called minor cereals (teff and millet) and gli pseudo-cereals (buckwheat, amaranth and quinoa).


Finally, experts point out that among the foods that the celiac who chooses to follow a vegetarian diet must absolutely avoid there is the seitan, a food product derived from wheat, therefore containing gluten. Furthermore, it is necessary to carefully choose the vegetable milks that must be certified as gluten free with the crossed ear.


In conclusion, theconscious purchase it is a fundamental aspect, far from secondary, for a correct diet and lifestyle, both for celiacs, who must be very careful from the point of view of health, and for vegetarians.


Which of you follows one vegetarian and gluten-free diet? Do you have any difficulties to reconcile these two aspects?

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