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what is the difference between starch and gluten? i'm on a starch free diet, i was told gluten free is the same, but gluten free has starch? help

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Dr. Ibrahim Moussa
17 years experience Cardiology
Different things: Gluten is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. Starch is a sugar (carbohydrate) consisting of a large number of glucose units joined together. Gluten free is not the same as starch free for example tapioca flour is gluten free but it is a starch. Hope this helps.
Answered on Jan 14, 2015
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Starch-free diets are sometimes helpful if a person has Irritable Bowel Syndrome -- but they are rigorous to maintain. Still, the reward could be less cramping, bloating, and diarrhea. These diets may also be suggested for someone thought to be insulin resistant. Not sure what reason this person is trying to do this diet. Hoping that the practitioner recommending the diet will explain as carefully as you have, what foods are "starch free" vs "gluten free."
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