Keyword: gluten-free diet

I’ve been on a gluten-free diet and I’ve gained weight. Why?

Some people with celiac disease experience weight gain once on a gluten-free diet because of an improved ability to absorb nutrients. Other factors may also contribute, such as high sugar and fat content in some gluten-free foods, a lack of portion control or a focus on processed gluten-free foods instead of those that are naturally… Read more »

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Are there excess carbohydrates in gluten-free foods?

Gluten-free products are typically made from refined carbohydrates (rice, potatoes, corn, tapioca starch, etc.) instead of whole grains. Refining a product naturally concentrates it, hence more carbohydrates, which are broken down to sugar. The more sugar or broken down carbohydrates we eat that we don’t burn as fuel, the more weight we gain. It’s important… Read more »

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Why is gluten-free food so high in calories and carbohydrates?

It’s important to use multiple foods to replace whole wheat or wheat in general. When used in food products, wheat has properties of elasticity, stability and body that are difficult to reproduce when using a substitute grain or starch, such as rice flour, tapioca starch, quinoa, buckwheat or bean flours. Manufacturers often add other ingredients… Read more »

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Once I’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease and have begun a gluten-free diet, will it prevent other autoimmune disease, such as diabetes?

In the vast majority of patients who have both diseases, Type 1 Diabetes is diagnosed before celiac disease. Unfortunately, if celiac disease is diagnosed first and a gluten-free diet is started it won’t prevent the possible development of Type 1 Diabetes. While about 10% of Type 1 Diabetics have celiac disease, only about 3-5% of… Read more »

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