EAT­ING GLUTEN FREE TO BEAT BLOAT­ING

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While one in 133 Cana­di­ans is af­fected by celiac dis­ease, gluten sen­si­tiv­ity is not as com­mon as peo­ple think, says Li. While go­ing gluten-free is all the rage, Bris­sette says that some stud­ies show that a placebo ef­fect may be at work. “Of­ten­times my clients think gluten is caus­ing bloat­ing, but it could be the gassy veg­eta­bles they’re eat­ing, like cab­bage and kale,” she ex­plains. “Eat­ing less gaseous veg­gies and smaller por­tion sizes of­ten helps.” We’re also guilty of overeat­ing carbs, which ex­plains why go­ing gluten-free is of­ten as­so­ci­ated with less bloat­ing. VER­DICT A well-planned gluten-free diet can be healthy as long as it con­tains pri­mar­ily nu­tri­ent-dense foods, such as veg­eta­bles, legumes, beans, high-qual­ity pro­teins, nuts and seeds, in­stead of re­fined and pro­cessed gluten-free foods, says Li. That be­ing said, the key is to eat a bal­anced whole food diet that works with your sys­tem and, for most peo­ple, that can cer­tainly in­clude whole grains.

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