What it means to go gluten-free

Gluten-Free doesn't mean flavor free.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (IVANHOE NEWSWIRE) -- Out of necessity or as a way to lose weight, it seems a lot of people are going gluten-free. But taking out gluten doesn't mean you have to take out taste.

Allergy tests showed Daniel is allergic to a lot of foods. Now, heâ??s on a strict gluten-free diet. â??Basically [it means] no wheat, no bread, no crackers, no goodness," Daniel was quoted as saying.

Giving up gluten is common for people with certain food allergies or celiac disease. A recent study, by the American Journal of Gastroenterology, found one in 144 Americans have the digestive disorder. And it can make meal time a tough task.

Dietitian Amanda Holliday says giving up gluten means you just have to readjust some core ingredients.

â??There are so many grains that are gluten-free, there are more grains that are gluten-free than have gluten. It's just a typical American diet doesn't know about them," Amanda Holliday LDN, RN, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was quoted as saying.

Holliday offers a gluten-free dinner recipe.

First grab some Quinoa. â??Quinoa is an interesting grain, because itâ??s very high in protein, we think of protein only coming from animal product," Holliday explained.