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Program on Gluten-free Diets to Be Held at Baystate Mary Lane on Oct. 22

WARE — Many people are on gluten-free diets either due to celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or just because they think it’s a healthier diet to follow. The community is invited to “Separating Facts from Fad: Gluten-free Diets,” an educational program presented by Dr. Harbir Sawhney, gastroenterologist from Baystate Gastroenterology, on Monday, Oct. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Baystate Mary Lane, in the Main Conference Room located on the second floor.

“Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye. Gluten intolerance is often mistaken for celiac disease, but they are separate conditions,” Sawhney said. “Removing gluten from your diet likely changes your overall intake of fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients. Therefore, regardless of your reasons for following a gluten-free diet, it’s important to know if you actually have a sensitivity to gluten and, if you do, to understand how it can affect your overall nutritional needs.”

Susan Fontaine, senior coordinator of Loyalty Programs at Baystate Health, added that Sawhney will offer information about gluten-free diets, celiac disease, and othergastrointestinal issues.

This program is offered at no cost and is sponsored by Baystate Health’s Senior Class and Every Woman loyalty programs. These programs offer the latest health information through seminars with physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals. A gluten-free lunch will be served. To register, visit glutenfreediets.eventbrite.com or call (413) 794-5200.