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6 Myths about Gluten-Free Diets (Slideshow)

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3. Myth: Everyone Can Benefit from a Gluten-Free Diet.

Reality: There are many people that have never been diagnosed with Celiac Disease yet still have a very difficult time eating gluten. That doesn’t mean, however, that everyone should eliminate gluten from their diet.

Though it’s possible to get all of the nutrients you need while being gluten free, it is a very difficult endeavor and, if you don’t have a medical reason to, unnecesarily restricting. What’s more, there isn’t really a solid body of evidence to support the idea that people without gluten sensitivities will see benefits from eliminating gluten.

When people with sensitivities or celiac disease eliminate gluten, they often feel more energy, they sleep better and just feel all around more healthy. But that doesn’t mean that people without gluten sensitivities will get the same benefit — all it means is that people with gluten sensitivities are feeling better.

Another problem? Eating gluten free is significantly more expensive than not. If you don’t want to strain your grocery budget, it might not be the best diet for you.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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2:49AM PDT on Oct 8, 2014

Thank you for sharing, I didn't realise that people with coeliac disease could be so sensitive to gluten. I shall take more care when preparing gluten free foods.

3:06AM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

Thanks for sharing!!

4:50PM PST on Jan 26, 2014

Thank you.

9:55PM PST on Jan 24, 2014

great to know

11:35PM PST on Jan 11, 2014

Actually quite an honest article, doesn't try to slant or distort any of the myths. I had a girlfriend with Celiac's so I learned all about it then. Not something I would want to have to put up with since I grew up on the wheatfields of Nebraska, & used to chew wheat kernels to make gum out of them when I was plowing the fields.

2:28AM PST on Nov 24, 2013

I'm always interested to see gluten-free articles. Unfortunately I DO love bread and keep looking for a good-tasting bread w/out gluten. :)

11:42AM PST on Nov 20, 2013

FYI. New research is finding that many people with non-celiac gluten sensitivities actually have reactions to the fructans in wheat, rye, and barley, rather than the glutens. Good news for those who test negative for reactions to gluten but still react to the foods, but more difficult to manage because even more foods need to be added to the list to avoid.

2:16PM PDT on Sep 18, 2013

I'm just embarking on a gluten-free life now so any info is beneficial to me. Thank you.

7:39AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

3:21AM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Thanks

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