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Is a gluten-free lifestyle right for you?

We have all heard the gluten-free hype and one cannot help but notice the influx of gluten-free products in the grocery store aisles. I often get asked by patients: is gluten-free a healthier diet to follow or is it just a fad?

As a result of much publicity and mainstream media, the gluten-free movement is certainly in part a “fad,” but gluten-free diets may also be a healthier option for some individuals.

So, with all the buzz surrounding this diet, you may be wondering what exactly is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in many grains, including wheat, barley, spelt and rye. As the name suggests, gluten imparts an elastic-like quality to dough and a soft, chewy texture to baked goods.

Although it encompasses everything pleasing to the pallet, it may not be the most beneficial to your health. There is no question that a gluten-free diet is essential to the health of someone with a severe autoimmune reaction to gluten, such as celiac disease. However, what about for the rest of us?

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New Year’s health resolutions: buyer beware!

It’s the classic scenario.

Christmas holidays are chalk full of spending time with loved ones, relaxing, making snowmen and overindulging.

Whether it’s eating too much turkey or overdoing it on the Christmas baking, many people break out the stretchy pants during the holidays, swearing that they will resume a healthy lifestyle in the New Year.

For many, the New Year usually becomes a time of reflection and re-evaluation.

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