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Gluten-free as a New Year’s Resolution? Think twice!

January 16, 2017 (Mississauga, ON)

With the onset of “New Year’s Resolution” season, the Canadian Celiac Association is cautioning Canadians to look before they leap when it comes to adopting the gluten-free diet.

Gluten-free baked products, such as bread, cookies, muffins and cakes, tend to contain more sugar and unhealthy fats and, generally speaking, are lower in fibre and key minerals and nutrients. In Canada, wheat-containing products tend to be nutrient-enriched; this is not typically the case for gluten-free alternatives.

” Going gluten free is a major lifestyle change; it greatly impacts how you shop, how you dine out, and how you approach potlucks, family dinners, and parties.” says Anne Wraggett, president of the CCA. ” There are a lot of rumours out there, especially online, glorifying the gluten-free diet, but the simple fact is that this diet should only be undertaken if there is a medical need to do so.”

For people with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, the gluten-free diet is a necessity and must be strictly followed; to ingest gluten can make us very sick and, in the long term, may lead to intestinal cancer.

The gluten-free diet is not one to be undertaken lightly. It should be adopted only if required, and with the guidance of a registered dietitian.

The Canadian Celiac Association, the national voice for people who are adversely affected by gluten, is dedicated to improving diagnosis and quality of life. For more information, please visit www.celiac.ca

For more information:

Melissa Secord, Executive Director
1-800-363-7296 X 226, Melissa.secord@celiac.ca

 

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