Great Tips for Feeding Gluten-Free Kids
I came across an article by Tamara Duker Freuman, a registered dietitian who has celiac disease and 3-year-old twins. It contains practical advice for parents. I particularly appreciate Tamara’s focus on nutritious foods—gluten-free junk food is still junk food! And she instructs parents to pay special attention to foods rich in folate and iron, nutrients often found lacking in the gluten-free diet.
Our thanks to Tamara and other knowledgeable dietitians out there who are working with families to encourage gluten-free kids to eat more nutritious, wholesome foods. Bravo for her common sense approach:
“When children are diagnosed with celiac disease, parents can sometimes project feelings of deprivation and exclusion onto them. As a result, many wind up overcompensating for the dietary restriction by filling their pantry with gluten-free versions of every possible treat that's off-limits to their child. Nowadays, there are gluten-free versions of Oreo cookies, s'mores and Betty Crocker cake mixes – even Dunkin' Donuts is launching a gluten-free doughnut later this year. So it's worth stating that the absence of wheat does not make these gluten-free sweets any healthier than the standard versions. Don't buy gluten-free varieties of junk foods whenever you shop just because you can. Dole them out as judiciously as you would if your child did not have celiac disease.”
To read Tamara’s entire article, click here.