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Going to Gluten Free diet

Updated: Friday, December 20 2013, 09:37 PM CST
Think going gluten free will boost good health in the new year?
Not unless you do it right.
What you need to know before going gluten free.

 When  it comes to ingredients that  give you gluten
Kathy Haugen / Registered Dietitian  - Gluten is kind of an overview name for the proteins that would be in wheat , rye and barley.

Those who have a true allergy to gluten -- due to a disease called Celiac --have to eliminate it for good health -- but for the rest of us?

Some people find it helps with inflammation,  to reduce that some people find it helps them lose weight

Bridget Raffenberg found it helped her with both of these things
Bridget Raffenberg/ Trying to reduce gluten - I lost 12 pounds since the first of October, more or less just from eating more whole foods -- and eating what I should be eating.

She admits as she makes these gluten free cookies with Registered Dietitian Kathy Haugen -- she doesn't miss everything but she does miss--beer

Even so however -
My joint pain is almost gone, and when I do go out for a beer or two the next days my knees will hurt.

Haugen says giving up gluten can have hidden health benefits:
Just by virtue of not eating gluten, you avoid the processed foods, so that's gonna be healthier.

She does suggest however that if you are going to choose to go gluten free in the new year or any time soon, that you don't just focus on what you take away, but rather what you add in to round out and  balance your diet.

Cuz you can eat things like fritos and corn chips, and it would be real easy to say I am just gonna have salsa and corn chips for dinner --

Which means,  add in more fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and gluten free grains such as brown rice -- and you have a healthy diet-- as well gluten free cookies - for dessert.

A blood test and intestinal biopsy generally is needed to diagnose a true allergy to gluten, that shows up only in  about one percent of the population.
   
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