Are there any disadvantages to a gluten free diet?



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    If you don’t eat gluten, it is possible that you may develop a deficiency in folate, iron, or fiber.  Standard gluten free diets do not meet the recommended levels of fiber, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, iron, or calcium. However, supplements can be taken to make sure that the proper amount of all nutrients is consumed.

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    Medical effects aside, I think the main disadvantage to a gluten free diet is inconvenience.  So many foods are made with gluten or use gluten as part of their production process that it eliminates many foods that would otherwise be fine.  For example, many people with celiac disease don’t eat oatmeal because gluten is used in storing it.

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    For those with the incurable celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is the only solution to managing their symptoms. Yet because the diet is restrictive, there are some disadvantages involved. The biggest concern for those on the diet is that they may not be receiving enough vitamins and nutrients. Many grains are enriched with iron, riboflavin, calcium, and other important nutrients, and those who avoid these grains may be at risk for deficiencies. Besides that, a gluten-free diet is inconvenient and pricey. Many restaurants do not offer many, if any, gluten-free options, and you are often left with a very bland entree. Many gluten-free items for the kitchen are only found at rarer speciality stores, which may mean you have to venture out of your way for more expensive and more limited options. The benefits definitely outweigh the negative effects of a gluten-free diet, however, if you do have celiac disease.

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    Many people assume that all gluten-free products are healthy when, in fact, there are lots of ready-made gluten-free products that are highly processed and high in fat, sodium, and refined carbohydrates. Look for products that contain brown rice, quinoa, gluten-free oats, beans, nuts, and seeds. In addition to nutrient deficiencies, those who go gluten-free can often experience high cholesterol levels along with the change in their intestinal absorption. But if you’re mindful about the nutrition information on ready-made gluten-free foods and supplement the necessary nutrients, a gluten-free diet can be very healthy.

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