Many individuals feel better when they become gluten free and eliminate wheat from their diet. Should you become gluten free as well? A gluten free diet is necessary if you suffer from celiac disease; it is also beneficial if you have a wheat allergy or sensitivity. However, physicians caution against using the diet for weight loss. In fact, many gluten free foods actually contain more calories from fat and sugars to enhance taste.
Researchers hypothesize that most individuals who do not have a gluten dependent disorder but choose a gluten free diet feel better because they not only stop eating wheat – they also avoid fast food, junk food, processed foods and fried foods. Instead a healthier diet of increased fruits, vegetables and lean meats is consumed. Additionally, gluten-free products can be expensive; on average costing 200% more than products that contain gluten. Testing for celiac disease and gluten sensitivity is done with blood work. For accurate diagnosis, testing must be done while consuming gluten to avoid false negative results.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, offers celiac and food sensitivity testing to her patients. Dr. Hermann is also board certified in nutrition. Dr. Hermann maintains offices in Tampa and St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. Please contact the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.