Eating gluten-free over the holidays

Published: Nov. 18, 2017 at 1:22 PM MST
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The holidays are an indulgent time for almost anyone, but it can be difficult for some trying to watch what they eat due to a gluten allergy or sensitivity.

Saturday's 'Taste of the Holidays' event at the Market in Rapid City looked to introduce people to some alternatives to a gluten-filled meal.

The process could be as simple as eliminating wheat bread from a recipe, paying attention to the ingredients in a sauce or dressing, and avoiding buying turkeys that have been prepared with gluten.

It's been an increasing trend over the course of the last few years. More people have figured out gluten may not fit well with their diet.

Dr. Valerie Stephens with Rapid City Medical Center says, "Probably more common than we know because a lot of people don't get tested. I would say a good 5 to 10% of the population, depending on the demographic, is gluten-allergic. It's likely a great many more are gluten sensitive."

Dr. Stephens was on hand at Saturday's event, answering any questions about Celiac disease and gluten-free diets.

She says to be safe, people could turn more towards nuts, fruits, and vegetables to snack on during the holiday season.