Ask the Dietitian
Welcome to the first installment of our new seasonal column. Here, a registered dietitian (RD) will provide insight on nutritional issues impacting individuals (or their loved ones) with Celiac Disease or gluten-sensitivity. Have a question? Post in the comments here, on our facebook page, or email email@example.com!
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Is gluten-free bread better for you than breads with wheat in them? I like to use gf bread for my sandwiches, but there are so many different types now it's hard to figure out which are nutritious.
Gluten-free bread is not necessarily a better choice than traditional wheat bread, unless you are omitting gluten from your diet for a specific medical reason. If you have celiac disease or another medical condition that requires you to avoid gluten, then you definitely should select a gluten-free bread variety. When choosing any bread (GF or otherwise) it's best to look for one that includes whole grains. Flours ground from whole grains contain the germ, endosperm, and bran, which is removed from refined grains. It is these important parts of the grain that contain the dietary fiber and most of the protein, which have many health benefits. If you are selecting a GF bread, compare fiber and protein content, and opt for the one that provides more of these nutrients.
In addition to being gluten free, I can't have any dairy. I'm worried about getting enough calcium. Should I take a supplement?
I was recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease and am nervous about the new changes I have to make to my diet. I don't really know what a dietitian or nutritionist does...could they help me with this? If so, how could I find one?