The only known treatment for coeliac disease at the moment is a permanent and strict gluten-free diet. A gluten-free diet includes naturally gluten free foods and industrially processed foods with a gluten content lower than 20 ppm that are specifically formulated for coeliac disease patients.
Although there is limited choices of food products in the diet of coeliac disease patients compared to the general population, now, unlike years ago, the market for gluten-free products has expanded, allowing greater availability and therefore greater choice of gluten-free products (GFP).
As AOECS and EFAD joint position statement, we support information and empowerment of the coeliac consumer/patient, in order to help them to comply to a balanced and healthy gluten-free diet. Patients should always be advised to read the nutritional labels of every commercial product in order to make healthy food choices in their daily life.