September 28, 2010


COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The Maury Regional Medical Center Celiac Support Group will meet on Tuesday, October 12, at 5:00 p.m. in Private Dining Room 2. Keri Howell, a dietitian at the medical center, will present a program titled “Sources of Fiber on a Gluten-Free Diet.”

According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, one of every 133 people in America live with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease in which the lining of the small intestine is damaged from eating gluten and other proteins found in wheat, barley and rye.


The cornerstone of treatment is a gluten-free diet in which all foods that contain wheat, rye and barley are avoided. These foods include most grains, pasta, cereal, and many processed foods. When gluten is removed from the diet, the small intestine will start to heal and overall health improves. 

Along with fruits and vegetables, the most common sources of dietary fiber are whole grain breads and cereals; however, the majority of packaged products which are high in fiber also contain gluten. At the upcoming meeting, the support group will discuss the importance of fiber, how much fiber one should have in their diet and available sources of gluten-free fiber.

“People on gluten-free diets cannot simply go to the supermarket and buy ready-made whole grain products,” said Howell. “Not surprisingly, medical research shows that people on gluten-free diets tend to eat inadequate amounts of fiber.”    

To find out more about celiac disease or the Maury Regional Celiac Support Group, call 931.381.1111, extension 1275.