'Gluten-Free' Diet May Not Be Applicable to All Individuals, Researchers Says

Nov 03, 2015 07:00 PM EST | By abbie uychiat


The Gluten-free diet has become a fad all throughout the years and most supermarkets would offer a wide variety of gluten free food selection. Though this may be one of the most popular diet options, is it actually applicable?  Will it make the individual healthier?

As per Healthline website, research revealed that a Gluten Free diet isn't applicable for individuals that do not have celiac-related disorder, which means it a waste of time and money if the diet isn't done properly.

A recent article was published which focuses on "Gluten Food" was published in the Journal of American Academy of Physician Assistants namely Glenn A. Gaesser, Ph.D. and his partner Siddhartha S. Angadi, Ph.D. the duo focused on the point that gluten-free diet may not be beneficial to those individuals who doesn't need it.

"While the gluten-free diet is a legitimate therapeutic tool for those affected by gluten-related disorders, there has been a corrosion of common sense from people needlessly jumping on the fad diet bandwagon."

One example of individuals that greatly need to go on a gluten free diet are those suffering from Celiac disease. The said disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder which can damage the small intestine. It makes it harder for your body to absorb nutrients which came from food. It also causes weight loss, malnutrition and abdominal discomfort.

Another is the 'gluten sensitivity', though it is not as armful as Celiac disease, it is however capable to causing slight discomfort.  The website then added that going gluten free may be pointless and some experts even added that it could be harmful to one's health.

One representative from the Center for Science in the Public Interest told the Wall Street Journal [which was stated in TIME] that:

 "The gluten-free fad has actually undermined people's health because now there are gluten-free varieties of all that junk food. Whether your doughnut is gluten-free or not, it's still a doughnut."

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