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DOMINIQUE TAYLOR
here
s no question
that gluten-free diets
have taken America by storm, but it’s impor-
tant to keep in mind that gluten itself is not
the bad guy. A protein composite derived
from wheat and a few other grains, gluten is
not an inherently unhealthy component of
the diet such as refined sugar or saturated
fat. It is simply a substance to which many
people have in recent years discovered their
digestive tracts and other bodily func-
tions disagree. This lack of harmony might
present itself by a series of uncomfortable symptoms
or, more seriously, a diagnosis of celiac disease.
“People with gluten intolerance either have ce-
liac disease or gluten sensitivity,” says Katie Mazzia,
clinical dietitian at Vail Valley Medical Center. “Celiac
disease is an autoimmune condition that affects the
lining of the small intestines. If you have celiac dis-
ease, your body will not absorb nutrients properly.”
BY
SHAUNA FARNELL
Gluten should only be avoided by those with
celiac disease or gluten sensitivity
GOODOR BAD IDEA?
Vail Valley
Medical
Center
dietitians
Melaine
Hendershott
and Katie
Mazzia help
patients
distinguish
healthy
eating from
fad diets.
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