Gluten-free diet is the current fad. It all of a sudden became the bad boy of food- as if it were trans-fat or pink slime.
Unlike the other bad stuff in foods, gluten is a natural protein found in grains like wheat and barley. No genetic modification or hydrogenation involved. There is nothing synthetic about gluten.
Gluten is a good source of digestible fiber and harmless EXCEPT in people with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance.I can assure you that there are not a lot of people with the condition. Certainly not enough for the ballooning industry of gluten-free products.
What does the Doc Say?
I wish I could tell you with a straight face that avoiding gluten will help you lose weight or stay slim. Cutting back on carbs will, gluten is simply an innocent bystander.
If you do not have Celiac disease and you do not get sick when you eat any product made from wheat or barley, eat them to your heart’s delight –I meant eat in moderation. You derive no benefit from depriving yourself of a useful component of food.
Besides, why pay more for the less than savory gluten-free products if you don’t have to?
Do you have any opinion about gluten or going gluten-free? Would love to hear your thoughts.