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Living Gluten Free: These Nutrients Are Key to Your Diet

bowl of seedsThere are multiple reasons why some people can't have gluten in their diets. Some Americans have gluten sensitivities, and others may be dealing with celiac disease. Understanding what’s causing your gluten intolerance is just the beginning. The next step is knowing which nutrients may be missing from your gluten free diet, such as fiber, iron, folate, and other B vitamins.

Why Can’t I Have Gluten?

May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month, a great time to learn more about this condition and how it can be managed through proper eating and nutrition. Celiac disease is caused by sensitivity to gluten, the generic name for certain types of proteins in grains like wheat, barley, rye, spelt, Kamut, and triticale (a grain crossbred from wheat and rye). More than three million Americans are affected by celiac disease, although most remain undiagnosed. Beyond celiac disease, an estimated 18 million Americans are sensitive to gluten, a condition called non-celiac gluten sensitivity (or NCGS). Though celiac disease cannot be cured, the condition can be managed. The only treatment for celiac disease is to eat a gluten free diet, which is mostly made up of starches that are not rich in iron, folate, and other B vitamins. But managing celiac disease is not just about eliminating gluten from your diet—it also involves making sure you get all the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals you need.

Key Nutrients in a Gluten Free Diet

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Fiber
Iron
Folate

 

Tips on Eating a Balanced Gluten Free Meal

The following tips were provided by Publix Dietitians to get the most nutrition in a gluten free diet:

Always Read Food Labels
Get in the Kitchen
Eat Gluten Free with a Balanced Diet

 

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