DARIEN - This week, News 12 Connecticut's What's Ailing You looks at why many people are in gluten-free diets.

A local doctor says that a lot of people who have no medical need to avoid gluten are still going gluten-free because they say they feel better and have more energy.

Gluten is hard to avoid because it's a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats.

Gastroenterologist Dr. Summa Maghee, of the Norwalk Hospital, says there's no research yet to show whether it is better for the average person to not include gluten in their diets.

Maghee says that the two groups of people who have specific reasons for going gluten-free are some patients with irritable bowel syndrome and patients in whom gluten causes inflammation and damage to the small intestine.

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