Gluten free diets have become very popular in the last several years, but this diet is not recommended for everyone. Gluten is a protein found in grains, including wheat, barley and rye. The name comes from the Latin word for glue and it is what helps dough rise and keep its shape. Gluten gives food a chewy texture that we all enjoy. Let’s look at when a gluten free diet may be medically necessary:
Without a medical diagnosis, you may not need to be gluten free, and here’s why: Gluten free diets are generally safe and healthy diets, but I advise guidance by a registered dietitian or knowledgeable physician whenever a food group is eliminated. When you eliminate an entire food group with no medical diagnosis, you are at risk for a deficiency of important nutrients and vitamins like iron, folate and fiber. If you do not have any of the above conditions or sensitivities, wheat, barley and rye are good items to have in your diet in moderation.