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 second year resident in Psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine. A Stony Brook native, she enjoys combining her knowledge of mental health and awareness with her passion for health, fitness and beauty. In her spare time, enjoys fashion, kayaking on West Meadow Beach, and creating westernized-Asian recipes.