Gluten-free Diets – Real or Fad?

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. 

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  1. Interesting how quickly people grab onto anything they think will make a difference for them.

  2. This is a great article! Very informative I have eliminated breads, dairy, and fat from my diet.

  3. Good info – but like you advised, we should be careful with self-diagnosing.

  4. Very useful information

  5. Gluten free diets are healthier for sure!

  6. Very good post! I have often wondered the same question as suddenly I see in the newspaper support groups for those who do not eat wheat and gluten and that was not like that a few years ago, Good job

  7. Interest information

  8. But I love gluten. LOL. Nowdays, everything is considered bad for you – and I do mean EVERYTHING.

  9. I learned something new today, I had not heard of this disease before. Thank you for sharing.

  10. People eat oats because they think it is good for the heart. Now there’s another side to it. Thanks for the info.

  11. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Interesting and useful so thanks for this share.

  13. Informative and well written article. Nice pictures.
    Self-diagnosis, can prove to be unwise.
    Thanks for the good share:)

  14. I cut out Gluten because I feel less sluggish and bloated without it. I have also always had a problem with bread feeling that it always got stuck in my throat and restricted my breathing. My Dr says that I am fine. Am I wrong to self diagnose when I know it makes me feel better? I don\’t think so some how. If you are doing it for the right reasons it is not a problem. But doing it to loose weight is just silly!!

  15. very useful share

  16. very informative share Kitty. thanks!

  17. Interesting article thanks Kitty

  18. Interesting how quickly people grab onto anything they think will make a difference for them.

  19. Good info.

  20. excellent article. point well made!

  21. revisit

  22. Very informative article. Well written

  23. Realy good write up and to add i found out that behavioure is linked at times to glutent and it does get better when stopped eating glutent, very good share thanks .

  24. I dont know what my life would be without gluten, great article though.

  25. Very useful information

  26. Excellent post.

  27. Also many people, myself included, are sensitive to GMO wheat and gluten free products do not have it, so we buy them for that reason. Great topic, thanks for this good read.

  28. Interesting read. Thanks for the share.

  29. For along time I did not know about gluten free foods. Very interesting article

  30. Informative share.

  31. Is gluten bad for everyone or is it only bad for people with Celiac disease?

  32. very good article

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