Health Watch - Dangerous Food: Gluten

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Food is supposed to be good for the body, providing fuel and nutrients. But even nutritious foods can sometimes be harmful. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about how good food can be dangerous for certain people or in certain circumstances. “Gluten-free” has become a popular label on health foods. What’s so bad about gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in some grains, including wheat, barley and rye. Some people are allergic to gluten, and in people with celiac disease, gluten interferes with the absorption of nutrients. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says there are a variety of grains that don’t contain gluten, including rice, corn, wild rice, buckwheat, amaranth, sorghum and quinoa. Oats are gluten-free but are often processed along with wheat, so you need to look for gluten-free oats. If you need to avoid gluten, try the many gluten-free products that are available to find something that works for you.


July 2011

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