Gluten-free diets are no health fad

11 Oct

by Erin Odom

I’m finding I’m not alone in this.
According to celiac.com, at least 1 in 133 Americans suffer gluten intolerance. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease associated with gluten intolerance. We are not yet sure if my daughter has celiac. A diagnosis would require a colonoscopy, and we aren’t ready to put our 3-year-old through that.
The cure for both celiac and gluten intolerance is to go completely gluten-free.

Is gluten-free for me?

“Eating gluten-free is not meant to be a diet craze,” said Rhonda Kane, a registered dietitian and consumer safety officer at FDA. “It’s a medical necessity for those who have celiac disease.”

Gluten-free is not synonymous with low fat, low sugar or low sodium. For people who must be on a gluten-free diet, Kane said it’s important to check the ingredients list and Nutrition Facts information on food labels to find the most nutritious options.
Some foods are naturally free of gluten.  Here are some examples: 100 percent fruit or vegetable juices; butter; eggs; fresh fish, such as cod; fresh shellfish, such as clams; fresh fruits and vegetables; honey; lentils; milk not flavored with ingredients that contain gluten, such as malt; non-gluten-containing grains, such as corn; peanuts; seeds, such as flax; tree nuts, such as almonds; and water, including bottled, distilled and spring.

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