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Gluten Free Might Be A Waste Of Money For Many People: People Might Be Fooled By Fad Science
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Gluten Free Might Be A Waste Of Money for Many People: People Might Be Fooled By Fad Science

Italian researchers are suggesting that many of the people who are buying and consuming gluten free products may be doing so for all the wrong reasons and may in fact, be wasting their money. Worldwide, the market for gluten free products is estimated to be $2.5 billion dollars. Popularity of the numerous products that are being listed and sold as gluten free are being attributed to the Internet, alternative doctors and more insidiously, to scientists who may have ties to many of the very companies that are selling these products.

Gluten, the component of a protein mixture which is found in many of the grains popularly used in modern foods can trigger a serious reaction related to the autoimmune disorder, celiac disease. In people who have the disorder, any type of gluten can cause their own immune system to attack the lining of their own small intestine. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, celiac disease affects as many as one in 133 people. The condition, if not diagnosed and treated can become more serious, including an increased risk for certain cancers. The only treatment at this time is a totally gluten free diet.

In addition to celiac disease, another, potentially more common problem, called gluten sensitivity can affect people with many of the same symptoms but in many cases, they may be far less severe. They may have the physical problems such as bloating and stomach pain to flatulence but not the damage to the internal lining of the small intestine. There are no clear definitions for gluten insensitivity and many are given the diagnosis only after celiac disease is ruled out completely. Celiac disease is often diagnosed with blood tests, skin tests to rule out a wheat allergy and finally, with endoscopy to assess the damage to the small intestine.

An increase in the amount of information and misinformation about celiac disease and gluten has led to a number of new products being added to store shelves that are mistakenly believed to be healthier or more diet friendly than others. The problem with that thinking is simple: there is no proven benefit to eating gluten free if you are not diagnosed with celiac disease. Too many people think that gluten free might be the same as "diet" food as in calorie free. And, the prices on many of these products are much higher than what they need to be. In some companies, the label is added to foods that have never had gluten in the first place and suddenly they are deemed "healthier".


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Again Amie another good article. I'm allergic to gluten so this article was very informative!

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  about 8 years ago

I thinks its best to stay away from wheat products only because those grains are not the best digestible foods for humans. Humans have only been eating grains for the last ten thousand years and our system still doesnt break down this type of food as well as say a banana or a cucumber. Even if you are not overly sensitive to gluten I think it best eat food of a higher caliber for greater health benefits.

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  about 8 years ago

I have a friend who eats zero grains at all. She feels fine. Another feels woozy when she goes days without any kind of grain. It is rather individual, right? But, the problem with the labeling is that some people see the word "free" whether it is gluten free, fat free, sugar free and assume that it means calorie free and they will just eat an eat and eat and wonder why they are still gaining weight. Then they read bits and pieces of an article and say, well bloating is caused by gluten sensitivity, that must be what is wrong with me!

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  about 8 years ago
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