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Although challenging, living a gluten free lifestyle is important for retaining health. Reading the ingredient labels of all packaged food and beverage products is crucial, as wheat, barley and rye is abundant in the American diet, and in most common foods. Eating out brings its own challenges, and will require good planning and communication with restaurant staff prior to ordering to determine if gluten-free entrees are available. Unfortunately, many persons employed in the restaurant industry are unfamiliar with terms such as gluten-free and therefore may unintentionally or unknowingly provide incorrect information about the presence of gluten in their menu items.

Any person suspecting celiac disease is strongly advised to seek professional testing and guidance from medical professionals BEFORE embarking on a gluten free diet.