Gluten Free Myths, Uncovered

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Celiac Disease is a genetic condition that causes digestive problems and affects how we absorb nutrients in the food we eat. People who have Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity are unable to break down gluten, a protein found in certain grains, causing them to become sick. The level of sensitivity will vary and not everyone who has a reaction to gluten has Celiac Disease. However, treatment for both conditions requires following a gluten-free diet. Gluten is found in all forms of wheat, rye, triticale, and barley and can be present in other foods such as oats through cross- contamination while cooking or packaging.

“It is estimated that 1 in every 133 Americans has Celiac Disease and requires a gluten free lifestyle…”

Gluten Free Myths, Uncovered

Myth 1: The gluten free diet is a low-carbohydrate diet.

Many people mistake the gluten-free diet for a low-carbohydrate diet. While living a gluten free lifestyle naturally cuts out a lot of commonly eaten grains in the American diet, it does not restrict carbohydrates. Gluten free baked goods contain the same amount of carbohydrates as its wheat-based counterparts. In some cases, gluten-free goods may even be unhealthier because gluten free grains are not usually fortified with vitamins and minerals found in products made with wheat flour.

Myth 2: Celiac Disease only affects your digestion.

Not everyone with gluten sensitivity will have the same symptoms. While the most common symptom is diarrhea, other symptoms include skin reactions, depression, infertility, and migraines.

Myth 3: Celiac Disease or gluten sensitivity only affects a certain population.

Celiac Disease was once thought to mainly affect Caucasians, but people of any race, gender, and age can develop Celiac Disease or gluten sensitivity.


Resources: Nutrition Education for November 2012 Produced by Meals on Wheels, Inc., Tarrant County by Sotear Tep, a nutrition intern for Sherry Simon, R.D./L.D./ For questions regarding nutrition education contact: Sherry Simon, R.D./ L.D., Director of Nutrition Services for Meals on Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County at 817-336-0912 or email: Website: 

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