Health Alert: Kids Going Gluten Free?

Could gluten-free diets do more harm than good for children without celiac disease? Dr. Richard Besser weighs in.
1:46 | 05/13/16

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Enjoy breakfast, everybody. Thank you, Amy. Move on to a nutrition alert. A new article warns that going gluten-free may not be healthy for children and Dr. Richard Besser is here to break it down. Gluten-free die yets are so popular. A big healthy. If your child as celiac disease then gluten is a big deal, otherwise it's not and going on a special diet is a big deal. It instills in children fear of food. It's not very easy to do. Not only that, many of the products that are sold as gluten-free aren't as good for you as products that have gluten. You have products to go through. Yeah, so these pretzels are made by the same company. The gluten-free product has more salt, more fat and less protein than the one with gluten and for these cookies, the same company makes both of these. They're dmroout-free product has more saturated fat and more calories than the one that is sold as gluten-free. The grocery manufacturer's association told us for children who do not have celiac disease or a wheat allergy, gluten-free diets do not have substance yachted benefits. They have done studies, 1 in 141 people have a problem with celiac disease. One in five has changed their diet to have less gluten. You may see poor weight gain or you may see anemia, problem with the blood or cons city pace. You want to see a gastroenterologist and while your child is still eating gluten. They have to be getting gluten in their diet to be tested properly to see if they have this. But otherwise, you know, this is all about marketing. It's a multibillion dollar business. It's not the way to go. Bottom line for rich Besser, thanks very much.

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