• To understand the difference between celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and wheat sensitivity
• To gain knowledge on diagnosis and management for varying levels of gluten intolerance
• To gain knowledge on special issues when following a gluten-free diet, especially for active individuals
Although a gluten-free diet for active people can improve health and wellness for the person diagnosed as having celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or wheat allergy, more research is needed to determine whether a gluten-free diet can impact performance.
Margaret M. Harris, Ph.D., M.S., H.C., is an assistant professor in the Sport Nutrition Program at the Health Sciences Department at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She has worked in community outreach for the last 10 years in the areas of obesity, general health and wellness, and food deserts.
Nanna Meyer, Ph.D., R.D., C.S.S.D., is an assistant professor and graduate director of the Sport Nutrition Program in the Health Sciences Department at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She is a consultant to the U.S. Olympic Committee and sport dietitian of U.S. Speed Skating.
Disclosure: The authors declare no conflicts of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.