Gluten-Free Diet: Trend or Necessity

Chelsea Clinton had a gluten-free cake at her recent nuptials. Word is that she has a gluten allergy. Elizabeth Hasselback blamed her infertility on gluten. Wheat allergy or not, “gluten-free” is definitely a buzzword that really stands out. Gluten is the protein that is found primarily in wheat, rye, barley and oats, and hidden in a wide variety of processed and prepared foods. Because gluten is hard to digest, it can wreak havoc on our bodies causing symptoms that range from fatigue, bloating and gas to malabsorption of nutrients, infertility and even osteoporosis.

While some people are going gluten-free to help them lose weight, many make the switch out of necessity. Determining whether you have celiac disease or are just sensitive to gluten can mean the difference between eliminating gluten from  your diet for the rest of your life, or just cutting back on the amount of gluten you consume. So what’s the difference between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity? Celiac is a hereditary autoimmune disease with no known cure, except eliminating all gluten from your diet. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Diet: Trend or Necessity”

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