The Truth About Gluten-Free Diets

July 22, 2015

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What You Need To Know About Gluten!

According to the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, despite the gluten free diet craze to lose weight, there is no published evidence suggesting that this diet is beneficial for the general healthy population. “In fact, there are data to suggest that gluten itself may provide some health benefits.”

But what is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in foods like wheat, rye, and barley. So, who should adopt a gluten-free lifestyle? Individuals diagnosed with celiac disease should not have gluten, as it causes harm to their bodies. “Celiac disease leads to the body’s immune system starts attacking normal tissue (autoimmune disease). This results in malabsorption of critical vitamins, minerals, and calories.” Celiac disease can lead to iron deficiency anemia, and osteoporosis, it is very important that you see a physician immediately if you believe you may have celiac disease. Some individuals suffer from gluten sensitivity, which is not celiac disease; but the protein can cause upset stomach, fatigue, gas, bloating, nausea, and cramps.

Good news!  UNH registered dietitians are available in both Dining and Health Services by appointment to discuss specific nutrition concerns.

If you are suffering from celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, take advantage of the gluten-free zones available in every Dining Hall on campus.  Additionally, Philly has an allergen free station where all meals are gluten, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, soybean free!

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