Should You Try a Gluten-Free Diet?

A popular diet myth is that everyone can benefit from a gluten-free diet. It can give you more energy and is anti-inflammatory. Sales of gluten-free products increased 16 percent in 2010.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition in which the body can’t digest gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Less than two percent of the population suffers from celiac disease. So, the odds are that you don’t. Nonetheless, there are hundreds of Gluten-Free products.
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The Mayo Clinic says, “A gluten-free diet is used to treat celiac disease. Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines of people with celiac disease. Eating a gluten-free diet helps people with celiac disease control their signs and symptoms and prevent complications.”

If you don’t have a medical reason for following a gluten-free diet, there is no benefit, according to Erin McCarthy, MS, RD, LDN at theCenter for Lifestyle Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The Mayo Clinic also pointed out, “People who follow a gluten-free diet may have low levels of certain vitamins and nutrients in their diets. Many grains are enriched with vitamins. Avoiding grains with a gluten-free diet may mean eating fewer of these enriched products.

So, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. A gluten-free diet is very difficult to adhere to and you will likely get no direct benefit from it for your troubles.

Tony

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8 responses to “Should You Try a Gluten-Free Diet?

  1. Thank goodness you had the courage to say this! As a nutritionist, I have felt that going gluten free is just another fad -(if you don’t have Celiac disease that is) Why they beat up on the ‘bread of life’ is beyond me.

    I am amazed how so many people will follow blindly after one diet guru after another without taking into consideration godly nutritional, physiological laws. Thank you so much for writing this blog.

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    • Thanks, Ellie. Very nice to hear from you. I agree that many folks really demonstrate some poor thinking when it comes to eating. I appreciate your comment.

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  2. I agree whole-heartedly, Tony! However, looking at your illustration, I would add that giving up processed foods offers immense benefits. Omitting sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats that accompany the wheat gluten in these packaged products improves health greatly :). I’m planning a series of stories on wheat in September.

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    • Thanks, Vinny. Always good to hear from you. Of course you are right about the sugar, salt, etc. The less we consume of them, the better off we will be. I look forward to your series on wheat.

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      • I was trying to say (not very clearly) that the gluten-free processed foods shown in the picture are just as bad as the foods they are trying to replace. It would be great if we could do without the whole works 🙂

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      • Vinny –

        My apologies. I completely missed your point. You are right, of course.

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  3. Reblogged this on KERRI CHRONICLES and commented:
    This is great information!

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