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The gluten-free diet

What you need to know about the gluten-free diet:

  • Requires careful planning to ensure all nutritional needs are met.
  • Requires very detailed label reading of all ingredients.
  • Offers limited selection, especially of grain products.
  • Can be more expensive than a diet containing gluten.
  • Many gluten-free flours, breads, pastas, cereals and other baked goods are not enriched and are lower in fibre, B vitamins, iron, and other vitamins and minerals.
  • Packaged gluten-free products, such as bread mixes and ready-to-eat snacks are often high in sugar, fat, and sodium.
  • Gluten is perceived by some as "unhealthy." In fact, gluten is healthy because it is found in many nutrient-rich foods that have been shown to prevent or manage chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Important note: Starting a gluten-free diet before being tested for celiac disease may potentially result in a missed diagnosis of celiac disease.

Wave: May / June 2013

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Wave is published six times a year by the Winnipeg Health Region in cooperation with the Winnipeg Free Press. It is available at newsstands, hospitals and clinics throughout Winnipeg, as well as McNally Robinson Books.

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