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WILL A GLUTEN-FREE DIET GIVE YOU CONSTIPATION?

Constipation can be a side effect of going gluten-free. Accredited Practising Dietitian Penny Dellsperger shares what you need to know.

By Penny Dellsperger
Does the gluten-free diet give you constipation? Dietitian for Coeliac Australia, Penny Dellsperger, shares her advice. Image for green fruits and vegetables spilling out of a brown paper bag.

IS CONSTIPATION A SIDE EFFECT OF GOING GLUTEN-FREE?

Unfortunately, yes.

Constipation is a common side-effect of a gluten-free diet, because it can be more challenging to reach your daily fibre targets while avoiding all those gluten-containing grains that provide our key fibre sources.

Not only can inadequate fibre contribute to constipation, it can also increase your risk of heart disease and leave you less satiated. But it’s not all bad news. With due care and the support of a dietitian, a gluten-free diet can be balanced and full of fibre.

 

TIPS

  • Many important fibre sources are naturally gluten free, so make sure to eat your daily recommended serves of fruit, vegetables, nuts and legumes.
  • Choose whole, higher-fibre, gluten-free grains, such as brown rice and quinoa.
  • Stay hydrated to ensure the fibre can do its job. Exercise is also important for bowel function. Moving keeps everything moving!

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