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Gluten-Free Diets: Ask the Dietitian Online Chat Questions and Answers

See the results from our June 18, 2013, online chat about gluten-free diets with registered dietitians from BJC Community Health ServicesBJC School Outreach and Youth Development and Morrison Healthcare Food Services.

A gluten-free diet excludes the protein gluten found in grains like wheat, barley and rye.

Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines of people with celiac disease. Eating a gluten-free diet helps people with celiac disease control their signs and symptoms and prevent complications.

Initially, following a gluten-free diet may be frustrating. But with time, patience and creativity, you'll find there are many foods that you already eat that are gluten-free and will find substitutes for foods that you can enjoy.

Switching to a gluten-free diet is a big change and, like anything new, it takes some getting used to. You may initially feel deprived by the diet's restrictions. However, try to stay positive and focus on all the foods you can eat. You may also be pleasantly surprised to realize how many gluten-free products, such as bread and pasta, are now available. Many specialty grocery stores sell gluten-free foods.

Here are the results of our June 18,2013, online chat about gluten-free diets.

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