Categorized: Gluten-Free Diet

Why might irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) improve on a gluten-free diet?

As for IBS getting better when removing gluten, this may be either due to “non-celiac gluten sensitivity” or to the fact that by eliminating gluten one also removes large amounts of FODMAP (Fructose, Olygosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols)-containing foods that are often causing or aggravating symptoms in IBS patients. See also Barrett JS, Gibson PR…. Read more »

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What do you mean by “processing” when you say “gluten-free grains run a greater risk of cross-contamination the more they are processed?”

Processing means the grain has been broken down from its whole grain kernel. A whole grain contains germ, endosperm, and bran. Stripping the kernel to its center is the process of refining, which makes it usable for a variety of grain products, including cereals, bread, and pasta. Processing may bring in other sources of contamination… Read more »

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Can nuts from bulk bins be cross-contaminated?

We suggest avoiding bulk bins because you can’t guarantee that the scoop from a flour bin has not made its way into the nut bin. Stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s sell nuts bagged in larger quantities, which reduces the risk of cross-contamination.

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