Tips for eliminating food groups & going gluten-free

Pediatrician Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP, explains why she cautions parents from restricting food groups from their child's diet such as gluten unless they have a certain allergy
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Tips for eliminating food groups & going gluten-free

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I caution parents from restricting certain food groups from their child's diet such as gluten, unless their child has a true allergy or disease where they really need to stay away from a specific food or food group. It is very important that children get a wide variety of healthy food options. They need fresh fruit and vegetables everyday, they need whole grains, they need dairy products, they need lean meats; so if you decide as a family to eliminate one food group from your diet, it's very important that you work with a dietician or your pediatrician to ensure that your child is getting all the proper nutrition for growth and development. I find that recently I have been getting more questions from parents regarding gluten-free diets, and if their child has tummy-aches, could being gluten-free help their child's stomach-aches. The truth is that most people do find with gluten, it is a natural part of a regular, healthy, balanced diet. Now if your child truly has Celiac Disease or has an allergy, then they may need a gluten-free diet, but most of the time gluten is perfectly fine for your child.

Pediatrician Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP, explains why she cautions parents from restricting food groups from their child's diet such as gluten unless they have a certain allergy

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Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP

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A leading medical authority for the popular press and entertainment industry, Dr. Tanya Altmann is a best-selling author, parenting expert and media spokesperson. A working mother and UCLA-trained pediatrician who practices in Southern California, Dr. Tanya is a designated spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, communicating complicated medical issues into easily understood concepts.  She is a child health expert for numerous news programs and talk shows including Today (NBC), and KTLA (CW Los Angeles). She stays on the cutting edge through her position as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, as the Chief Medical Advisor for the Newborn Channel and her private practice.

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