'giving up gluten = lack of important nutrients'?!

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True or false? My MIL tells me its the new fashion to go gluten free and that there are very important nutrients in gluten so by going gluten-free I'm putting my body at risk.

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    Hi Mary

    I'm not sure why some people think this is "fashionable", I think it's just become more widely recognised that gluten can cause issues with various conditions (such as IBS, thyroid etc).

    To my knowledge I don't think it causes lack of nutrition (I believe it's just a binding agent). People with cealiac disease have to avoid it, and I don't believe they substitute it for anything else. Im sure someone with correct me if I'm wrong.

    As long as you have a varied and balanced diet I don't see the issue with cutting out gluten

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    It's not the gluten that has the nutrients, it's the fortified flour.

    "Normal" bread has added B vitamins, calcium, vitamin D and iron. You just have to make sure you're getting those things elsewhere. 

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