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How safe is a gluten-free diet for a vegetarian?

Dee Sandquist
Nutrition & Dietetics
It's a double challenge nutritionally. Unless you have celiac disease, consider not going there. You will be missing lots of vitamins and minerals. If you are celiac and require a gluten-free diet for medical reasons and want to eat vegetarian, your best strategy is to meet with a registered dietitian since this is a specialized diet. Many vegetarian diets contain lots of gluten so your choices will be quite limited when you eat out. You will need to learn to cook.
Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics
A gluten free diet can be safe for a vegetarian as long as it is well-planned to incorporate all of the key nutrients. When replacing gluten in your diet it is important to include other whole grains. A registered dietitian nutritionist can help ensure that you are in fact meeting all your nutritional needs while keeping your meals varied, flavorful, and fun.

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