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Is it easy to follow a gluten free diet?

Is it easy to follow a gluten free diet?

In Theory: In theory yes, but in practice it is harder because so much of our current american food contains gluten in some form. Rice, potatoes, fruit vegetables, and meat are all permitted. You have to read labels closely because sometimes gluten can be added as fillers in things like hot dogs. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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How difficult is it to follow a gluten free diet?

How difficult is it to follow a gluten free diet?

No problem!: Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye. Eliminate foods that contain these and you have a gluten free diet. You are free to eat other baked goods, meats, fruits and vegetables. Commercially-available gluten-free foods are widely available, many restaurants accommodate gluten-restricted diets, and you can even get gluten-free beer. Always read food labels to be certain of ingredients. ...Read more

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Is it easy to keep a gluten free diet if you have celiacs?

Is it easy to keep a gluten free diet if you have celiacs?

No: Many products use gluten as a thickening agent so it is very important that you read all labels before buying. A gluten free diet demands dedication and persistence. ...Read more

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Is it ok to be on a gluten free diet when you have blood test for celiac?

Is it ok to be on a gluten free diet when you have blood test for celiac?

Prob ok but...: You are trying to show with the blood test that you have the antibodies to gluten. Usually doctors will recommend the opposite; that you still eat foods with gluten. ...Read more

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Is it possible to still get a celiac diagnosis on the gluten free diet?

More difficult: The blood test on a gluten-free diet may yield false -negative results . But if it is still positive, it would be helpful. A small intestine biopsy would be the best bet but may appear normal if you have avoided gluten long enough. ...Read more

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Is the quest for gluten free foods just a fad?

Is the quest for gluten free foods just a fad?

Probably yes: Gluten-sensitive enteropathy (celiac disease) is much less common than gluten intolerance. Like lactose intolerance, caffeine intolerance, sorbitol intolerance (with regard to needing to restrict each respective substance), people who are gluten intolerant do better to avoid gluten-containing foods. Only about 10% of the population are gluten intolerant. Add gluten back to diet & see how you feel. ...Read more

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Is it easy to lose weight when on a gluten free diet?

Is it easy to lose weight when on a gluten free diet?

No: Weight loss is the result of having negative caloric balance, by either reducing your intake or increasing catabolism by exercise, preferably both. Gluten free diet by itself will not help in losing weight if you do not reduce your intake. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gluten-free-diet/my01140. ...Read more

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What is a good elimination diet to follow to find food intolerances?

What is a good elimination diet to follow to find food intolerances?

Diets: Get down to a very basic diet of basically rice and water. Then add one new food every 2-3 days and observe how your body reacts to the addition. Do it with a nutritionist supervising if possible. ...Read more

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Is it possible to benefit from a wheat-free diet that is also not gluten free?

Is it possible to benefit from a wheat-free diet that is also not gluten free?

Yes: Yes, there is evidence that industrialized wheat in most processed foods has a higher percentage of gluten than heirloom varieties from a century ago. This may be one reason we are seeing increase in wheat and gluten sensitivity. It is possible to have an allergy or intolerance to wheat but it is far more common to be intolerant to the hard to digest gluten component, also in rye & barley. ...Read more

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Is there any follow up tests for celiac just to be sure that i follow the write gluten free diet ?

Is there any follow up tests for celiac just to be sure that i follow the write gluten free diet ?

Blood tests -TTG IgA: If you have an abnormal tissue transglutaminase IgA then you can follow that over time (6 months) and it will progressively normalize if you are adherent to the gluten free diet. I recommend seeing a gastroenterologist beforess going on a gluten free diet so you can be certain about your diagnosis before starting a life-long gluten free diet. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a child with autism to respond to a gluten free diet?

How long is it supposed to it take for a child with autism to respond to a gluten free diet?

Depends: There is no sure answer. Some kids, two weeks. Some kids six months. Some kids never. Some need other restrictions too, possibly dairy, possibly soy. Every child is different and no one treatment will work for each child, and some children will have a profound change, some a little bit, and some not at all. This makes it hard to do controlled studies, because there is not just one autism. ...Read more

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Is it healthy to be a wheat-free, nut-free vegetarian?

Is it healthy to be a wheat-free, nut-free vegetarian?

It's your business: I'm concerned that you're limiting your food choices based on fad / "pop" internet disinformation. This will make your life difficult and especially make it almost impossible to be a good guest. The big studies show no difference between vegetarians and omnivores in longevity or any category of disease when we control for others things. Why not eat what you want and get into hardcore fitness? ...Read more

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I want to start eating a diet that is completely free of monosodium glutamate. How to start?

I want to start eating a diet that is completely free of monosodium glutamate. How to start?

Read the labels and: If you do your own cooking and don't use processed foods containing msg, read the labels on those you use, ask restaurant personel to make sure there is no added msg to your food etc...Then you are msg-free. Fortunately this rather a relatively simple task..Good luck. ...Read more

Gluten (Definition)

Wheat barley rye contains gluten, a protein molecule that in susceptible people can cause reactions and long term illness. There is celiac, the most well known and severe gluten disease. There is gluten sensitivity, affecting more people, but usually milder. There is wheat allergy, less common than the others. The treatment, for now, is to avoid all gluten in ...Read more


Dr. Liesa Harte
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Gluten Free Diet (Definition)

Because Celiac Disease is an intolerance to gluten, identifying and avoiding gluten in the diet is ...Read more