There has been a lot of interest in gluten-free diets recently. These diets have gotten a boost from celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Gwyneth Paltrow, who preach the merits of gluten-free living. But, just like eating low-fat or low-sugar foods, you have to be careful when buying gluten-free products.
Is a gluten-free diet right for you? Check with an expert. We recommend our good friend Jennifer Fugo at www.GlutenFreeSchool.com.
The American Celiac Disease Alliance warns people that gluten-free products can be higher in fat and calories than other products, and if you’re not careful, you can actually gain weight from eating them. The one key problem for consumers today is that there is no standard for gluten-free labeling on products in this country.
It is estimated that only one percent of the public suffers from celiac disease. People with this condition have an immune system reaction that causes inflammation in the small intestine when they eat food containing gluten. For these people, a gluten-free diet is essential. A slightly larger, but still small, number of people have a condition called “gluten intolerance.” This is less severe than celiac disease, but can still cause challenges.
“There are clearly more people interested in a gluten-free diet than really need it,” according to Harry Balzer, chief industry analyst for the NPD Group, a market research firm. Further, he believes that people who use a gluten-free diet to control calories and lose weight are simply using it as another “fad diet,” and that’s not healthy.
If not done properly, with the assistance of a professional trained in celiac disease, nutrition and gluten-free alternatives, the results can be unpredictable. Many people don’t compensate for the loss of fiber in their diet when they eliminate grains, and many gluten-free products actually contain more fat, sugar and calories than their gluten-containing versions.
The bottom line is this: If you think you may have a health issue related to gluten, check with an expert and have yourself tested. Contacting an expert like our friend Jennifer Fugo (www.GlutenFreeSchool.com) is a great place to start. She has been teaching and coaching people on how to live a gluten-free lifestyle for years. Check out her site and tell her that we sent you!
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