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Appropriate for National Nutrition Month - which is the month of March - we are talking about gluten free diet trends. Kayte Tranel from the Adams County Extension Office spoke with News 5 on the topic.
Amy West: Who is taking on this diet trend?
Kayte Tranel: Well, I think lots of celebrities get some press for whatever diet they happen to be practicing at any given time. The trends lately have been toward gluten free or eliminating gluten from the diet because there is some speculation that that might enhance some part of health or offer health benefits.
Amy: But really the best is for the people who actually have a reason to get rid of gluten in their diet.
Kayte: Exactly, and those would be people with Celiac disease that has been diagnosed by a medical professional that can identify an antibody that indicates the body is attacking the intestines if gluten is consumed. Then other people who don't have that antibody but are still sensitive to gluten can have some very similar symptoms, but they won't have any damage to their intestinal lining like a person with Celiac disease.
So in either of those cases if it's causing you some negative symptoms like upset stomach, cramps, bloating, stuff of that nature you'd obviously want to eliminate the gluten. It's often found in wheat, rye, and barley products. So we know that those are baked goods - breads, muffins, things of that nature. But you might want to read the ingredient list in the foods you're eating because you may not know it, but lots of foods - even ice cream - uses a gluten containing product as a texturizer to give it that nice soft, silky feeling in your mouth. And there are lots of foods on grocery shelves that have the same, similar products.
Amy: So what are some of the foods that you CAN eat if you have Celiac disease?
Kayte: For people who want a flour substitute because they can't use the normal, all-purpose flour...something like rice flour. There are lots of resources you can use. Make sure if you use the internet you use those sources that have .org at the end or .edu. Those are the most reliable ones for recipes and alternative sources.
Amy: You don't want to just get this information anywhere.
Amy: Fantastic. Well, thank you so much, Kayte for being here.
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