Should you be G-free?

Just say no?

What do celebs like Zooey Deschanel, Emmy Rossum, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Chelsea Clinton have in common? They all follow gluten-free diets, thanks to severe wheat allergies that, if left untreated, can result in bloating, diarrhea, fatigue, malnourishment and even infertility and osteoporosis.

“Going g-free” has been trendy for a few years now, with proponents claiming that ditching wheat can melt away pounds, elevate sports performance and evaporate mental fogginess. The industry has exploded, mushrooming 27 percent since 2009 and surpassing $6 billion in sales in 2011, according to Mintel research. “Gluten-free is the new low-carb,” says Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD, author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet (Rodale) and a nutrition advisor at Golden Door Fitness Resort and Spa in San Marcos, Calif. But unless you are one of the 1 percent of Americans who truly suffer from actual Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks itself in the presence of gluten – a protein component found in wheat, rye and barley – or the 5 to 8 percent who are gluten-intolerant, eradicating gluten from your diet will not help you lose weight or boost energy. In fact, “many gluten-free products are packed with sugar and fat,” Bazilian warns.

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8 Responses to Should you be G-free?

  1. Alyssa says:

    My sister-in-law has Celiac, so going GF has made a huge difference for her. We tried i with our kids, to help their autism, bu since they don’t seem to have an intolerance it didn’t make any difference. (A lot of folks with autism also have digestive issues.)
    I’m guessing that, like with everything else, the hoopla will die down and those who need them will still have a nice array of foods to choose from.

  2. Rafael Alonso says:

    I think i should be G-free. If i become G-free then it may make me fit and strong.
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  3. Giselle says:

    The tasty gluten-free recipes are really important not just for celebrities but even for all of us.. Healthy living is very important for us especially when we are getting old already..
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  4. Sarah says:

    I have some friends who are coeliac – for them its certainly not a fad, its a lifestyle. They all seem fairly healthy, although sometimes the mum struggles to find enough for the growing kids to eat – she is constantly making gluten free bread and cake.

    Gluten free cake and dessert is nice, but the bread doesn’t taste so good, and home made gluten free bread is really difficult to cut, it tends to crumble.

    Unless you are coeliac a low GI or GL diet may be more practical.
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  5. bdaiss says:

    I admit, I’m not looking to go G free anytime soon. I have been trying to cut back on processed foods, and by default that restricts high glycemic and heavily loaded gluten foods. But I’m not totally giving up my whole grain bread. Or my homemade mac&cheese. : )

    Caveat: I know a few folks suffering from wheat allergies and/or celiac. My g-free recipe repertoire has expanded to accommodate them in my home. Many of the recipes are darn tasty and have stuck in our rotation. Hello flourless chocolate cake!

  6. Mandy Cat says:

    “The industry has exploded… ”

    If you haven’t been professionally diagnosed with celiac disease, then all you’re doing by buying “Gluten Free” products is putting money into the pockets of the vultures who feed off our fears and insecurities.

    Minimize the amount of processed and junk food you eat. Go for whole grain foods. Just don’t fall for the hype.

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