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6 Myths about Gluten-Free Diets (Slideshow)


5. Myth: Gluten-Free Foods Are Always Healthy.

Reality: Just because that cupcake or mac and cheese is gluten free doesn’t mean it’s a healthy alternative to the real thing. Junk food is junk food, and some gluten-free foods are actually more calorie dense than the alternative.

See Also: 9 Dangers of Gluten-Free Products

6. Myth:The Growing Popularity of Gluten-Free Foods is Great for People with Celiac Disease.

Reality: To be fair, this one is a yes and no. For many people with celiac disease, the growing awareness of their dietary restrictions is great — more people understand their plight, there are more products available, etc. However (and this is no small problem), people with celiac disease have far more sensitivity to gluten than most people realize, and what s a trend or a diet for some people is a serious medical condition for others. Gluten-free products are popping up at restaurants and cafes across the country, but if these products aren’t handled with the right care, and all too often they aren’t, they can be really dangerous for people with celiac disease.

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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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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


3:00AM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

Thanks for spreading the word. I have a gluten allergy and find that just ordering gluten-free foods is useless if it is prepared on the same surfaces that have been used for foods that contain gluten, even when you can get the kitchen staff to take extra precautions of wiping things down or washing their utensils. So far sushi has been the only thing I can safely eat out, and even then, have to avoid some items.

But I'll never go back. And if people were actually aware of the very long list of odd symptoms of gluten allergies, likely a ton more people would realize that it is causing them problems. And yeah, even wheat-based kitty litters can cause a reaction with small amounts of wheat dust in the air.

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