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Going Gluten-Free: Can It Fuel You?

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You could gain weight. “Some gluten substitutes include calorie-rich ingredients,” says Kristine Arthur, MD, an internist at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

Ask for input. Giving up gluten you can make it harder for you to get nutrients like iron, calcium, and fiber that your body needs to stay healthy. Keep track of what you eat during a normal day, then ask your doctor or a dietitian to weigh in. She can let you know if gluten-free eating would give you the fuel you need for energy.

The bottom line?

If you’re serious about going GF, check with your doctor first. If you think gluten makes you feel sick (you have an upset stomach, itchy skin, joint pain, or feel tired), he may want to test you first for celiac disease.

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Reviewed on January 26, 2017

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