SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) Gluten-free, you see it everywhere.
But, for approximately 3 million Americans with celiac disease, eating gluten-free is more than a trend, their health depends on it.
Unfortunately, research shows that many patients are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
"The reason it's hard to diagnose is because people’s symptoms vary greatly and they overlap with other conditions,” explained Rachel Begun, a registered dietitian and nutritionist.
"I have four tips for people living gluten free. The first is build your healthcare team. Next, eat gluten-free healthfully. Third, talk to a registered dietitian and next, advocate for yourself,” Rachel says.
And, just because something is labeled "gluten-free" doesn't mean that it is healthy.
"When it comes to packaged foods you want to focus on grain based foods that are made with gluten-free whole grains,” Rachel said. "Next I like to look at the nutrition facts panel and look for food that have at least three grams of fiber per serving."
It is important to make sure your gluten-free diet is packed with the proper nutrients. Studies show that people who live gluten-free may have a harder time meeting their nutrient needs.
"If you can't get your nutrients from foods alone, then you want to talk to your doctor about supplements. I like sundown naturals because they offer a lot of vitamins and other nutrients our bodies need,” Rachel says.
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