By Katie Foster, RDN, LD
To be gluten free, or not to be?
If you have been diagnosed with celiac disease, or a wheat allergy (IgE-mediated), the gluten free diet is medically necessary.
Many people claim that they have a “gluten sensitivity” which has been defined as “cases of gluten reaction in which both allergy and autoimmune mechanisms have been ruled out;” it is a diagnosis by exclusion criteria.
There is not yet a screening test to diagnose “gluten sensitivity,” and research is still mixed as to why people experience gluten sensitivity, which makes following a gluten free diet controversial.
Therefore, if you have not been diagnosed with Celieac disease or a wheat allergy (IgE-mediated), you may think twice before following the trendy “gluten free diet.”
The gluten free diet often lacks important nutrients needed for optimal health and wellness such as fiber, iron, B vitamins- folate, niacin, and B12, calcium, Phosphorous, and Zinc.
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