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    Is the Keto Diet Gluten-Free?

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      Gluten-free diets and Keto diets are different diets with different goals.

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    Celiac.com 01/14/2020 - Gluten-free diets and ketogenic, or "keto", diets are different diets with different goals. The keto diet is a weight loss diet that focuses consuming only high-fat, moderate-protein and low-carbohydrate foods, ideally keeping your daily carbs intake under 25 grams per day.

    The goal of a gluten-free diet is to avoid consuming gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Many people on a gluten-free diet have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and must follow the diet for medical reasons. Other folks avoid gluten because they believe it offers other health benefits or helps them to lose weight. There's no hard evidence of the last two beliefs.

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    Even though keto and gluten-free diets are different, there is some overlap in foods that belong to both diets.

    Many Keto Foods are Naturally Gluten-Free

    Not all gluten-free foods are keto friendly. Not all keto foods are gluten-free. However, as we recently pointed out, the keto diet is largely naturally gluten-free, or can easily be made gluten-free, so people with celiac disease can easily go keto.

    Examples of Ketogenic foods that are gluten-free:

    • Fatty fish – Salmon, tuna, trout and mackerel
    • Meat – Chicken, steak, turkey, ham, sausages and bacon
    • Eggs – Choose pasture-raised or high omega-3 whole eggs
    • Low carbohydrate vegetables – Most green leaf veggies, tomatoes, onions, etc
    • Cheese – Unprocessed (goat, cheddar, cream, mozzarella or blue cheese)
    • Butter and cream – Choose grass fed cream and butter from whole milk
    • Healthy oils – Mainly extra virgin oil, avocado oil and coconut oil
    • Condiments – Salt, pepper or any herbs and spices
    • Cream and Half-and-half
    • Sour Cream
    • Yogurt or Curd

    It's always good to talk with a registered dietitian before making any major dietary change, including both the gluten-free and keto diets. 

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    I can't digestive all that fat properly.  I'm out.  My poor liver. 

    I support eating Meats/proteins 1st then wait two hours in eating Carbs.  Flip that around.  Give the liver a break and keep the acid stomach from going out of wack.  This called Painfree eating method which is found I believe on FB. 

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    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.

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