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Finding gluten-free foods benefits health

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Sometimes it's hard for people to know whether they're sensitive to gluten or have celiac disease, because the symptoms can easily be confused with other health issues.

Just a couple of years ago, it was almost impossible to find gluten-free products in a grocery store. Now, it seems like you can find them pretty much anywhere. Even some restaurant chains are offering gluten-free menu items.

"Even though we hear so much gluten today in public I believe that it remains the most under recognized, under diagnosed medical condition of our time," said Dr. Arthur Agatston, author of the South Beach Diet Gluten Solution.

Dr. Agatston said each person has their own level of gluten sensitivity.

In his book, he recommends people remove gluten-containing foods, such as wheat, from their diet for one month. Then, slowly reintroduce them to determine just how sensitive they are to gluten.

"For the majority of people with gluten-related symptoms they can tolerate some gluten. They don't have to be gluten phobic and be scared of all of the hidden sources of gluten," he said.

Dr. Agatston says not all products that say gluten-free are good for people with a gluten-sensitivity. He says their intended for people with celiac disease and can cause people with a gluten-sensitivity to gain weight because they contain more fat.

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