Dina Aronson, MS, RD is a vegan dietitian whose specialties include chronic disease prevention, vegetarian/vegan nutrition, and lifestyle management. She is the founder and director of VeganRD.com, a nutrition consulting company. Active in many vegetarian nutrition organizations, Dina was the recipient of the American Dietetic Association's Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award in 2002.
Is it okay to eat non-gluten grains (amaranth, quinoa, brown rice, millet, and buckwheat) for leaky gut? Do such foods heal it or hurt it? They have a lot of fiber, so I assumed it was good.
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In general, yes, it is OK to eat these gluten-free whole grains when affected by leaky gut. However, each person reacts to different foods differently, so for leaky gut it is very important to keep a detailed food diary with symptoms, so you can identify foods that might be causing symptoms. Food sensitivity testing is also recommended, along with a health-supporting diet and a good probiotics regimen, with possibly additional supplements, depending upon your individual needs and symptoms. My book Food Allergy Survival Guide contains much more detailed information; visit the web site here.