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    AMichael Albertson, MD, Gastroenterology, answered on behalf of UCLA Health
    Nowadays we have all kinds of foods available to us, but parts of them may be non-digestible by human beings and can cause diarrhea because of the sugar they contain. For instance, some sugars in certain fruits and vegetables are non-digestible. Stachyose, a type of sugar found in mushrooms, is not digestible. When these sugars pass through your intestinal tract undigested, they get to the colon, which has a trillion bacteria. The bacteria in the colon love sugar; it's like dessert. They metabolize it, ferment it and make gas. Then you bloat up, get diarrhea and don't feel well.
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    AMichael Albertson, MD, Gastroenterology, answered on behalf of UCLA Health
    If you have non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), it is helpful to keep a food log on a daily basis of everything you're eating and what symptoms you have. Take the log with you to your doctor. You can then go through it line by line and say, "Look, I had a bagel, and all of a sudden I had a terrible problem." Well, a bagel is made with a high-gluten flour. Or "I had a can of clam chowder." Your food log will help you and your doctor identify the foods that cause symptoms. By analyzing your food log, your doctor may say, "Here's your problem. These types of food are fine for you. Stay away from everything else."
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    AMichael Albertson, MD, Gastroenterology, answered on behalf of UCLA Health
    If you have been diagnosed with non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), start on gluten-free diet of vegetables, fruits, chicken, fish and red meat (if your cholesterol is not too high). Let things settle down for three to four weeks, and then start adding back foods to your diet one by one until you get a reaction. If that happens, eliminate this food from your diet and continue adding foods back one by one.
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    AMichael Albertson, MD, Gastroenterology, answered on behalf of UCLA Health
    People with non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) are very sensitive to wheat products without having full-blown celiac disease. They report symptoms such as diarrhea, gas and bloating, headaches, fatigue and skin rashes. Researchers tested cells from people with these symptoms and found there was no reaction to gluten. They concluded that their symptoms were not caused by gluten but rather by a mechanism that is not fully understood. Some doctors believe that there are other toxins in the wheat, rye and barley besides gluten that can stimulate the gut to cause symptoms. A gluten-free diet for people with NCGS can be helpful.
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    ANancee Jaffe, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of UCLA Health
    There are certain health benefits of eating wheat, barley and rye. They act as prebiotics, which means that it is fuel for the healthy bacteria that live in our gut. It helps these bacteria to proliferate and create good digestive health. They are very high in fiber and helps to lower cholesterol. It also helps to stabilize blood sugar. When used in its whole, unprocessed form, it is a very healthy food.
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    AHealthyWomen answered
    • Here are some tips for increasing the volume of low energy-density food in each meal:
    • Want to add a starter salad to your lunch or dinner? Remember to keep the energy density low. That means you can fill your bowl to the brim with greens, veggies, and low-fat dressing, but use only a very small amount -- if any -- of full-fat cheese or dressings, croutons or bacon bits.
    • When choosing soup as a first course or snack, make it broth-based, such as chicken with rice or vegetable soup. Creamed soups, chowders and hearty bean soups have more calories and higher energy density. They're better as main dishes.
    • Double the vegetables in your favorite recipes, from chili and beef stew to pasta or chicken salad.
    • Watch what you drink. Each regular soda adds 150 unneeded calories to your daily total. Instead, choose water, tea, coffee (not the fat-laden specialty drinks), diet soda, or add a splash of fruit juice to seltzer. Alcohol has a high energy density, so limit your daily consumption to one glass or less.
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    AHCA Virginia answered
    Why Is It Okay To Eat Aged Molded Bleu Cheese But Not Okay When It Comes To Other Foods Such As Bread Or Milk?
    The molds that produce bleu cheese are perfectly safe to eat, says John Turner, MD, a pathologist at Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals. In this video, he says that mold on soft cheese, though, might indicate the presence of bacteria.
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    AStefanie Sacks, MS, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    Stefanie Sacks - How can small changes make a big difference in my diet?
    Small changes can make a big difference in your diet; moderation may be better for you than elimination, which could set you up for failure. In this video, culinary nutritionist Stefanie Sacks explains the power of making small lifestyle changes. 
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    AStefanie Sacks, MS, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    Stefanie Sacks - What is clean eating?
    Clean eating is being more mindful about our food choices, and eating foods that are in their most whole, natural form. Watch culinary nutritionist Stefanie Sacks explain that clean eating isn't about deprivation; it's about less ingredients. 
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    AJennifer Hartstein, PsyD, Psychology, answered
    Dr. Jennifer Hartstein - When does an odd food quirk become a health concern?
    An odd food quirk becomes a health concern when it's the only way you can eat a food, or when it becomes a totally distracting focus. Watch psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, explain how to tell a quirk from a possible disordered eating behavior.