Are people using a Gluten-free diet for health reasons or is this a new fad?
Celiac disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine when a person eats gluten found in wheat, barley, rye or some oats, preventing the intestine from absorbing necessary nutrients. A strict gluten-free diet is often prescribed for people with the disease.
In a recent study, nearly two million Americans have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease and each should avoid eating gluten. However, as little as a decade ago, virtually no one in the United States seemed to have a problem eating the protein that’s found in bread and other foods. What is going on? Why?
Apparently, the answer is both! Amazingly, most people who actually do have Celiac Disease may not be aware they have this condition and others who are eating a strict gluten-free diet, have never been diagnosed with this affliction.
Scientists suggest that there may be more Celiac Disease today because people eat more processed wheat products like pastas and baked goods than in decades past, and those items use types of wheat that have a higher gluten content. Gluten helps dough rise and gives baked goods structure and texture, therefore seen in many of these products and foods.
It has been said that more than one half of consumers who purchase these products do not have any reaction to gluten, but rather, they buy gluten-free food items because they feel it will help them lose weight!
So, suffice to say, many are doing self-diagnosis and that may not be the best situation. It goes without saying that whatever the reason people are on this diet, the marketing of foods without gluten has exploded and for that, those who have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease are immensely grateful, I am certain.