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Gluten-Free: Is It Just the Latest Trend or Will It Make You Healthier?


Should you go gluten-free? Credit: rprata

Last week, I mentioned the fact that I’m like a human garbage disposal. I’ve got no dietary restrictions to speak of, which is a little strange when it seems like everyone is eliminating gluten or meat or lactose or some allergen. The biggest buzzword of the moment seems to be “gluten-free,” and with all of the gluten-free options available in the supermarket—heck, even entire gluten-free markets are now starting up—it can have everyone wondering if you should give up gluten, too.

So I did a little digging. While millions of people have celiac disease and gluten sensitivities, the number of Americans giving up the gluten vastly outnumbers estimates of those suffering from those issues. Whether gluten is the culprit for your maladies or not, you shouldn’t necessarily start buying up processed foods just because they’re labeled gluten-free—I think everyone can agree that eating more whole foods and less processed ones will make everyone feel better!

Read more about why giving up gluten might not be necessary if you don’t have symptoms of gluten sensitivity.Erin

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