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    Are there any health benefits of a gluten-free diet?

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  • Lisa Renn

    Dietitian

    Lisa is an APD with 12 years experience, specialising in helping people identify and change habits that impact negatively on their health. Inspiring change, Lisa … View Profile

    Gluten free products tend to be low in fibre not to mention more expensive. As such following a gluten free diet when it is not necessary is a waste of money and may actually be contributing to a low fibre diet. Gluten free products also tend to be higher GI, meaning that they will create a larger blood sugar response and not be as useful for keeping you feeling full after a meal - hence you may need to eat more- causing an increase in weight.

    A gluten free diet is essential for those people diagnosed with Coeliac disease (an auto-immune disease which destroys the absorptive villi in the small intestine). Others may find that they do not have coeliac disease but are intolerant to wheat products (which contain gluten) - this  may result in irritable bowel type symptoms. Both these conditions need to be investigated, diagnosed and discussed with your medical practitioner and Accredited Practising Dietitian.

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