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Gluten-Free Diet for Non-Celiac, Non-Gluten Sensitive People

 

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2/14/2012

Question:

We are doing a project on hypothetically creating a gluten-free restaurant. I was wondering if living a gluten-free lifestyle is good for people who do not suffer from celiac disease or gluten sensitivity?

From,

Alexandra

Answer:

Hi Alexandra. A gluten-free diet can be quite healthful if choosing a variety of fresh, wholesome foods from all of the food groups, including gluten-free whole grains. However, a diet that relies mostly on highly processed gluten-free foods can be lacking in nutrients, particularly fiber, iron and B vitamins. 

Not only are highly processed gluten-free foods devoid of these nutrients, but they also are not required to be fortified with them. When choosing processed gluten-free foods, choose brands that are fortified.

There is no evidence showing that a gluten-free diet leads to weight loss. If highly processed gluten-containing foods are taken out of the diet, and more fresh foods are consumed, this is more likely the reason for experiencing weight loss. Most health professionals recommend a gluten-free diet only for those who have adverse health effects when consuming gluten.

Sincerely,

Rachel Begun, MS, RD

Source: Webinar Q&As under Food as Medicine for Celiac Disease: Nutrition Beyond the Gluten-Free Diet archives

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