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Is Gluten-free Best for Your Kids?

By Newsanchormom

I want to go gluten-free at my house. I don't know if I can actually accomplish that right now, but I would like to try it in the future. Some people are claiming a link to great things like less bloating and fatigue-even weight loss. And some are claiming less ADHD symptoms with a gluten-free diet for kids.
This article from the Washington Post looks at the fact/fiction associated with gluten-free diets. I am all for trying it to see if I feel better. At the very least, it would lead to less processed foods. I want to do that anyway. I would love to have some other benefits as well. Have you gone gluten-free? Did it make you feel better?
Is gluten-free best for your kids?
Here's the link from the Washington Post:
There’s still some gray area, but some studies indicate that a growing number of people do have a problem digesting gluten, says family medicine and chronic pain specialist Gary Kaplan, director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine in McLean. He notes that this number includes everyone from children with wheat allergies to the estimated 1 percent of Americans who have celiac disease — a serious autoimmune disorder that interferes with absorption of nutrients, causing wide-ranging health problems — and can’t tolerate even a picogram of gluten.

Some in the field remain skeptical. “Many people will feel better when they cut out processed, refined carbohydrates, including gluten-containing foods — they might have better regulation of blood sugar, fewer fluctuations, when they’re not eating starchy food, and they might lose weight or have less bloating — but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have a disease,” says Chevy Chase gastroenterologist Robynne Chutkan. She contends that the booming, $2.6 billion gluten-free foods industry has a lot more to do with the trend than true health issues do.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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