Celiac.com Sponsor (A1):


Celiac.com Sponsor (A1):


  • Join Our Community!

    Get help in our celiac / gluten-free forum.

  • Jefferson Adams

    Can Gluten-free Diet Help Athletic Performance by Reducing Junk Food Intake?

    Jefferson Adams
    0
    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.   eNewsletter: Get our eNewsletter

    Celiac.com 03/23/2016 - Can a gluten-free diet help athletes who do not have celiac disease or gluten-intolerance to improve their performance in competition? Photo: Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon--CC--FourthandfifteenYes, says Luke Corey, a dietitian for Exos, which creates sports performance and nutrition training programs at Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.

    These benefits are real, Corey says, even though there is no published research indicating a gluten-free diet benefits the general population, athletes who avoid gluten enjoy an overall healthier diet. Corey adds that a gluten-free diet benefits an athlete's health and fitness even if he or she did not have a problem with gluten.



    Celiac.com Sponsor (A12):




    "The main thing is the change in the overall diet," said Corey, who has worked with a wide variety of amateur and pro athletes, including players from the NBA, NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball.

    In most cases, the benefits come not so much by removing wheat, but by removing “…unhealthy, highly processed foods that are not very nutritious and replacing them with foods that are better quality and more nutritious.

    Corey says that the athletes he treats who eliminate gluten generally avoid highly processed bread, pasta, cookies, desserts and snacks that contain wheat.

    Major professional athletes who claim to have benefitted from a gluten-free diet, even though they do not have celiac disease, include: Tennis champion Novak Djokovic; New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira; Christie Rampone of the United States women's national soccer team; and Justin Pugh, New York Giants offensive tackle.

    What do you think? Are athletes who follow a gluten-free diet for non-medical reasons seeing benefits largely from eating healthier, less-processed foods? Is that a bad thing?

    Souce:

    0

    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments

    There are no comments to display.



    Join the conversation

    You are posting as a guest. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
    Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

    Guest
    Add a comment...

    ×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

      Only 75 emoji are allowed.

    ×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

    ×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

    ×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • About Me

    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,500 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.


  • Celiac.com Sponsor (A17):
    Celiac.com Sponsor (A17):





    Celiac.com Sponsors (A17):




  • Related Articles

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 11/25/2013 - More and more professional athletes are claiming to reap benefits from adopting a gluten-free diet. What’s the science behind these claims?
    Writing for the Washington Post, Anna Medaris Miller has a very solid article in which she investigates the science behind the claims by many professional athletes that they has reaped tremendous physical benefits b...

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 01/20/2014 - Word is out that Kobe Bryant is looking to help the Los Angeles Lakers shed weight with high protein, gluten-free, Paleo-style diet plan that is high in healthy fats.
    In an interview with the Healthy Home Economist, LA Lakers trainer Gary Vitti says that Kobe's diet is rich in grass-fed beef and free-range eggs, and that any food containing corn syrup...

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 08/13/2015 - When Novak Djokovic ended Roger Federer's hopes of an eighth Wimbledon title with a powerful 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory on Centre Court, he celebrated with a little taste of the famous Wimbledon grass.
    Tennis' top ranked Djokovic let out a resounding bellow after claiming his own eighth Grand Slam of his own, before a bit of good-natured turf snacking...

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 09/29/2015 - In his new autobiography, world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic opens up about how positive blood screens for gluten antibodies changed his diet, and how his diet changed his career.
    Through 2010, Djokovic had seen some notable late-match collapses, and was even forced to drop out from competitions due to health reasons. Many thought his career...

  • Forum Discussions

    Hello All Thanks again for the information and suggestions. I truly appreciate it Yes, I did have my gallbladder through an ultrasound and all is well as far as it's concerned.  And, I did manage to convince my Doctor that I...
    Is there an app or book to identify kosher gluten free food in Europe ?
    Exactly! I just kinda got worried because my whole life I've been training, eating healthy and this happens to me, first time when I felt bad I was so scared that I'm going to die, but of course it didn't happen, I also agree with you and...