Health and Fitness Expo
Is going gluten free the right choice?
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BOSTON (WHDH) -- The words “gluten free” are appearing more and more in supermarkets and restaurants. Some people they have no choice, but what if you’re not allergic? Does it still make sense to cut it out of your diet?
People with celiac disease or a gluten allergy have to avoid wheat, barley and rye because it can cause severe stomach pain and health problems. That limits a lot of food choices.
“We’ll find [those grains] in cereals, pasta especially and breads,” said Tracey Burg, BMC demonstration kitchen chef. “Also you’ll find it in flour, whether it’s white flour or whole-wheat flour -- flour is flour, it’s made from wheat.”
There are also hidden sources of gluten.
“You have to watch out for sausages, they can have fillers in there made with gluten. Same with cold cuts,” said Burg.
If you think you’re hearing about more cases of gluten allergies, you’re right. Doctors say they are testing for it more.
“The other theory out there is that we’re eating so many processed foods that we’re not used to, our bodies aren’t genetically designed to process all of this stuff in food that’s not food,” said Caroline Apovian, the Director of Management Center, BMC.
That’s why nutritionists say, along with looking for a gluten-free products, freshly-made food is the best bet.
“Cook as much from home as you can, because the closer you get to using whole foods, basic foods, have control of what you’re making, the better off you are,” said Burg.
People with celiac disease and gluten allergies have no choice to avoid foods with gluten in them, even people who haven’t been diagnosed are trying the lifestyle.
“The reality is that many people who think that they have a gluten allergy really don’t, they’re just feeling better because they’re not eating junk anymore,” said Apovian.
If you’ve cut out gluten because you think you’re allergic, Dr. Apovian said if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.
“If you feel that you definitely are -- feel better without gluten, go right for it. You could be right. Even if you’re not right, you’re going to get healthier,” said Appovian.
Find out more at the 7News-Boston Medical Center Health and Fitness Expo this weekend. The event is held at the Hynes Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.