Podcast: Celiac Disease & Gluten-Free Diets

by Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS on February 25, 2010

 

Nutrition PodcastThis podcast episode focuses on celiac disease and gluten-free diets. Celiac disease, an intolerance to gluten – a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, oats and rye – is an increasingly prevalent autoimmune disease that often goes undiagnosed and can give rise to other conditions such as migraines, allergies, arthritis, lung disorders and diabetes. It is also a devastating issue in and of itself, affecting the absorption of nutrients, digestion and elimination. On this show, I am joined by Kevin Wilson, a food scientist in England who has been developing gluten-free foods for almost 10 years, and we discuss the challenges involved in creating gluten-free comparable alternatives to popular food items, how to establish a gluten-free lifestyle and the variety of foods and options available to the celiac patient.

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anonymous April 18, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Interesting how the government in England actually helps out people diagnosed with Celiac. Not much chance of that happening here. Thanks for another great podcast!

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Christina Mims March 22, 2010 at 2:19 am

Thank you for taking the time to talk about this very serious disease. It was a great interview, however, it was a little disturbing how many times you said a person with Celiac cannot gin weight before diagnosis. This is a common misconception that kept me and many other people undiagnosed and sick for a long time. Here is a link to an article on the subject.

Christina

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Barbara Mendez R.Ph M.S April 18, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Hi Christina and thank you for taking the time to comment. I’m sorry for my late reply. You are quite right that many people who have Celiac are of a normal weight and can of course be overweight, and even obese given contributing factors. It is very common though for weight gain to prove difficult, as has been my extensive experience. However, I certainly would not want to add to any long-standing misconceptions surrounding this disease, and so thank you again for your input here in highlighting this important aspect pertaining to the difficulty surrounding symptom recognition. It may make for an interesting follow up article or podcast! ~ Barbara

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Emily March 19, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Hi Barbara, I appreciate you tackling the topic of Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free Diets. I did want to clarify that Celiac Disease is more than an “intolerance to wheat.” Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease and Gluten, in terms of Celiac, is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and oats (not just wheat, which is a common misconception). Thank you again for raising awareness!

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Barbara Mendez R.Ph M.S March 20, 2010 at 6:57 am

Hi Emily. Yes you are quite right, and I’ve edited the episode description above to better clarify the disease – thank you for the prompt. On the actual podcast we very much discuss that it is an autoimmune disease and not just a food insensitivity – and clarify that gluten is the relevant protein found in those grains. Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to comment! ~ Barbara

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Barbara March 16, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Thanks for your comments KT~ I am glad to know you found it useful~
Yes, it is true that nearly everyone would benefit from a wheat free diet as it is a common food allergen that is difficult to digest and as a result, lead to inflammatory processes in the body. Wherever you can substitute out rice grain products it would be helpful!
Thanks again for your feedback!
Best to you~
B

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K.T. March 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Hi Barbara. Thanks for posting this great show. You are both so knowledgeable and it was really interesting to listen to the spectrum of topics surrounding Celiac disease and gluten/wheat! I second you on the wish to get fresh rice bread and gluten-free breads, at the bakery for example. I hear Kevin saying that in the supermarkets that might not be feasible since the demand just wouldn’t be there. Am I right in thinking/understanding that in fact a gluten-free diet would be beneficial to most people and not just those suffering with Celiac disease??

Thanks for these great shows – I’m glad you’re back!

K.T. (An avid listener)

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