Emphasizing that gluten is a type of protein that is found in most of the cereal-based foods, especially bread, that gives consistency to the food it is found in, provides swelling and helps the products to bind together, Öztürk stated that people with digestive and absorption problems such as celiac disease and wheat allergy should eat gluten-free .
“GLUTEN-FREE DIET IS POPULAR BUT NOT REQUIRED”
Underlining that it is not necessary for everyone to stay away from gluten, Dr. Dyt. Andaç Öztürk said, “Today, gluten-free nutrition is a very popular approach that is frequently preferred in the treatment of some diseases such as weight loss, digestive system sensitivities and autism, schizophrenia and fibromyalgia. However, the gluten-free diet is basically; It is a diet program that is used only in cases such as Celiac patients, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, wheat allergy and should be applied by people with these disorders for a lifetime. Other than that, there is no definite and clear scientific consensus that people who are ‘must follow a gluten free diet program’ However, of course, gluten-free diets should be preferred when medically necessary, ”he said.
WHAT SHOULD BE USED INSTEAD OF GLUTEN?
Stating that wheat, barley, rye and products containing them are excluded from the diet in the gluten-free diet, it can be used instead of legumes, corn, rice, potatoes or amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, which we call “pseudo-cereal”. Dyt. Andaç Öztürk said, “For oats, it may be necessary to open a parenthesis. Adult consumption of up to 50 grams of oats is permitted if it is not mixed with other grains. Apart from that, grains such as wheat, barley and rye should be avoided ”.
“YOU MUST BE A VERY CAREFUL CONSUMER”
Reminding that gluten-free products contain less pulp and group B vitamins than other foods, Dr. Dyt. Andaç Öztürk said, “It is necessary to be a very careful consumer while applying a gluten-free diet program. Because gluten is also used as a thickener in substances such as toothpaste. For this reason, those who are on a gluten diet should read the products they will buy very carefully, this sensitivity should be underlined while eating out and the order content should be questioned meticulously ”.