Elizabeth Somer, M.A., describes gluten intolerance, which involves an allergic reaction to protein found in some grains. This condition is more common than was previously thought. Gluten intolerance causes gastric distress and can lead to serious damage to the body. Those who are gluten intolerant don't absorb nutrients properly. Joints can be adversely affected.
Over the past 25 years Ms. Somer has been Editor of the Nutrition Report and is now Editor-in-Chief of Nutrition Alert!
(Transcribed from video interview)
Registered Dietitian Elizabeth Somer:
Gluten intolerance is an allergy. It’s an allergic reaction to a protein in wheat, oats, barley. The protein is called gluten; it’s a series of proteins in there. Anyway, people, typically, that are gluten intolerant have symptoms that range anywhere from digestive tract problems, bloating, gas--things like that--to even more serious things. Because there’s a reduced absorption of nutrients there is an increase in children for them to be short in stature. There are also problems even possibly even with joints. It can manifest in a variety of ways and is a condition that’s becoming more and more diagnosed and identified in the American public.
About Elizabeth Somer:
Elizabeth Somer, M.A., is a registered dietitian who has carved a unique professional niche as one of the few, if not only, dietitians who is well-versed in nutrition research. For 25 years, she has kept abreast of the current research, packaging that information into easy-to-read books, magazine articles, lectures, continuing education seminars, and practical news for the media.
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