Helton Clinic serving Southeast Oklahoma Medical 1308 E. Carl Albert Pkwy. - McAlester Urgent Care & Family Practice Accepting Walk Ins & Appointments We optimize hormone levels with BioTE pelleting, Lipo-B injections, we do weight management, treat Binge eating disorder, & DOT physicals. (918) 423-7191 Dr. Richard Helton, Nathan Harper APRN-C, & Kandra Dodd APRN-C What is gluten? Gluten-free foods are now more widely available than ever before, but unless they adhere to glu- ten-free diets, consumers may not know just what gluten is and why some people need to avoid it. Ac- cording to the Celiac Disease Foun- dation, gluten is the general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley, and the hybrid grain tritica- le, which is produced by crossing wheat and rye. Many foods and beverages, including breads, soups, beer, and cereals, contain glute n. However, the CDF notes that many foods also are naturally gluten-free. What’s more, many naturally glu- ten-free foods are very nutritious. These foods include fruits, vegeta- bles, fish and seafood, dairy, beans, legumes, and nuts. And while it may seem as though people advised to avoid gluten must therefore remove grains and other starches from their diets, that’s not the case. In fact, the CDF lists a number of naturally gluten-free grains and starch-con- taining foods on its website (www. celiac.org). For example, rice, cas- sava, corn, soy, potato, quinoa, nut flours, and millet are just a handful of the naturally gluten-free grains and starches that people who must avoid gluten can eat without fear of aggravating their conditions. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, gluten is the general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley, and the hybrid grain triticale, which is produced by crossing wheat and rye.