Some people argue advise ‘going gluten free’ because much gluten free food is seldom enriched or fortified. In looking into this matter, I discovered that
♦ the terms ‘fortified’ and ‘enriched’ don’t mean the same thing. ENRICHED means that nutrients lost in food processing have been replaced. FORTIFIED means that additional nutrients have been added. Adding vitamin D to milk would be a common example. Click here for more information about this.
♦ much gluten free food is enriched and/or fortified.
♦ everyone with any type of dietary restriction is at added risk of nutrition deficiencies. This is the main reason that rushing into the gluten free diet without adequate counseling is inappropriate. (Please note that I am not saying that a diagnosis of celiac disease is required. But nutritional counseling is essential.) This article is an overview of that subject, but it is certainly not all a person needs to know before going gluten free.
This article does not have the usual summary. It is information that I needed for my own use. I think it is a good followup to the series of articles I just finished about the ‘My Plate’ diet. That’s a good place to start. I plan to dig deeper. I’ll share what I find,but I will never pose as an expert. I’m definitely a learner in this situation.