Often many of us have walked by the gluten free aisle at the grocery store. Most people don’t know if the aisle pertains to them or not. At Hillmont we can help determine whether or not a gluten free diet is for you.
Gluten is a protein that gives certain foods their shape. It is the “glue” that holds food together and is primarily found in breads, pasta, and cereals. There are many people who cannot digest gluten. Consuming gluten can cause them to have abdominal pain, diarrhea, or bloating. These people may have celiac disease in which the proteins damage the lining of the small intestine. Overtime, this damage can prevent the absorption of vitamins and minerals from any food.
However, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and wheat allergy can also exhibit similar signs and symptoms associated with celiac disease. In people without gluten related medical conditions, gluten-free diet has become popular due to claim of benefits of weight loss and increased energy. Most clinical studies have been conducted on patients with celiac disease and there is little evidence to support benefit of eliminating gluten from the general population. Additionally altering diet unnecessarily can deprive the body of essential nutrients. Here at Hillmont GI, we can help differentiate between Celiac Disease, wheat allergy and non-celiac gluten sensitivity and can help decide whether gluten free diet is really of benefit to you.