A 38-year-old member asked:
is a gluten-free diet a healthy alternative for someone that doesn't have celiac disease?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Robert Kwok answered
32 years experience Pediatrics
Yes, but unnecessary: People who have no ill symptoms and no allergy to gluten don't benefit from a gluten-free diet. Gluten-free foods use grains such as corn, rice, millet, quinoa, and sorghum that don't have gluten, but such foods are more expensive and harder to find. However, healthy gluten-free foods are fine for anyone to eat, as long as they are part of a balanced diet.
Answered on Jan 20, 2012
Dr. Jill Carnahan answered
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: There is a sizeable body of scientific evidence showing that grains, as well as legumes, contain anti-nutrients that may increase intestinal permeability and cause leaky gut and associated symptoms eliminating gluten-containing grains (and sugars) from your diet, while introducing traditionally fermented foods, can help prevent leaky gut as well as other chronic health conditions.
Answered on Jul 29, 2015
Dr. Mark Diamond answered
45 years experience Pediatrics
Certainly but....: ... For children this is an unbelievably restricted diet. It is very difficult to sdhere to.In a study where parents were asked whether medicine or the diet was effective, where both would work, the choice by the parents was the medicine by a clear margin.
Answered on Nov 6, 2013
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