Sensational journalism is wreaking havoc in the strides many people are making to improve their health by eating gluten-free. Case in point are recent articles posted by the National Post entitled Farewell to Gluten free Why We Are So Easily Fooled by Pseudoscience and another by Maclean’s entitled The Dangers of Going Gluten-free.
Both articles are written from the negative viewpoint that eating gluten-free is an expensive fad and people are jumping on this bandwagon looking for quick answers to weight and health issues. Buried in amongst the double speak and overemphasis, are a few good points. I will agree the gluten free food market has expanded immensely and manufacturers are profiting from this trend. I also agree most gluten-free foods aren’t any healthier than those containing gluten. A
That is where my agreement with these articles ends. These articles go on to say those who follow a gluten-free diet are elitists, gurus, even zealous and there is little proof or even science backing gluten intolerance as a cause of symptoms and finally disease.
According to Dr. Mark Hynman gluten sensitivity can be classified as an autoimmune disease caused when your body fights to remove the offending gluten protein molecules from your system, creating inflammation in any organ system including your brain, heart, joints, digestive tract, and more. According to a review paper written in the New England Journal of Medicine there are 55 diseases that can be caused by consuming gluten. These include
Remember, if you decide to try eating gluten free to alleviate any health symptom, you should consult your doctor first. You should be tested for celiac disease, but don’t let your doctor
Thousands of people have found relief of symptoms and lost weight eating gluten-free. This is not a fad. It is not going away. Those who find relief from negative health symptoms will continue to eat gluten-free regardless of media’s take, having to turn down delicious baked goods, the inconvenience of not grabbing a sandwich at lunch or the cost. Their good health is worth so much more!