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Jarvis also said it’s best to limit the intake of processed foods before starting with a gluten-free diet.

“The patients I have worked with over the years really feel their best when they’re eating fruits, vegetables, grains, meats and unprocessed foods, and once they get to that point where they’re feeling good and healthy, then they start to incorporate some of the gluten-free breads or gluten-free pastas,” she said.

As for people unaffected by gluten intolerance, Jarvis said there’s not much benefit to starting a gluten-free diet.

“There have been some fad diets going around the last couple of years promoting gluten-free diets,” she said. “Unless you have a specific need, there’s really no benefit to following a gluten-free diet because they tend to be (lower) in fiber than a traditional diet.”


Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan,