Dear Pharmacist: My brother is on a gluten free diet now and lost a lot of weight. He’s razzing me to join him on his gluten- free diet, but I don’t see the point unless you have irritable bowel syndrome (that’s why he did it). I really like my pizza, and beer too! I read you every week, are there other health benefits? — M.J., Hollywood, Fla.
A: My husband and I keep a very strict gluten-free diet. We think of gluten, the protein found in many grains -like wheat, barley, and rye — as if it were an unnecessary food additive. Digestive problems are typically associated with gluten in those who are intolerant, but for every one person with classic digestive symptoms, there are eight with no GI symptoms. It’s the other “diseases” that you will get medicated for, until you learn of your gluten intolerance, and then get it out of your diet (assuming it is the cause of your troubles).
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