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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Spelt- Gluten - Celiac and Gluten Free

Dr. David Katz: 'Spelt is essentially gluten-free."

I had an interesting conversation with Dr. David Katz the other day about spelt, gluten, and the popularity of America’s latest food fad: the gluten-free diet.

Dr. Katz, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, has written a number of articles about gluten-free diets. In one of his latest, he says that only the small minority of people (1% of the US population) diagnosed with celiac disease benefit from eliminating gluten from their diets – and how for those people, eliminating gluten is a matter of life and death.

But: “For everyone else, going gluten free is at best a fashion statement, and at worst an unnecessary dietary restriction that results in folly,” he wrote.

Dr. Katz addressed many of the issues surrounding celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and the hazards of eliminating healthful gluten-containing foods that also contain fiber and important vitamins and nutrients – stuff our bodies really need.

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