What does Gluten-Free Actually Mean?

Gluten (Latin for glue), is a protein composite made from the proteins gliadin and glutenin which contributes to the elasticity and chewiness in dough, wheat, barley and rye. A gluten-free diet is the only treatment that has been proven therapeutic for the 1 percent with Celiac Disease (gluten sensitivity) and roughly 6 percent with self-reported gluten intolerance. While reducing the amount of refined carbohydrates in one’s diet can help with weight and sugar levels, adopting a gluten free diet has not been shown to result in health benefits in an average individual.

dr. uruj kamal

dr. uruj kamal

Dr. Uruj Kamal is a third year resident in Psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center-University of Massachusetts Medical School. A Stony Brook native, she enjoys combining her knowledge of mental health with healthy living. Dr. Kamal has a special interest in outpatient adult psychiatry.