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9 Dangers of Gluten-Free Products

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9 Dangers of Gluten-Free Products

The mainstream gluten-free diet can actually be making you fat and unhealthy! This is the conclusion I have found in my extensive research over the past two years.

Yes, if you are celiac or gluten intolerant (also known as having a gluten sensitivity), you do have to go gluten free.  Unfortunately, most of the recipes and products available, although they don’t have gluten in them, are NOT healthy for different factors, so you may end up with different problems.

Most people who go gluten-free feel much better right away.  I would like to suggest that these people choose to eat BOTH gluten-free AND healthy!

I, personally, was highly gluten sensitive, which I have overcome.  Some of my comments will be directed at this situation.

Gluten Intolerance is Growing:

  • One in every 133 people of the western population is suffering from celiac disease and the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center estimates 97% of those with Celiac Disease remain undiagnosed. Wow! In our own testing we find that over 80% of the people we test are gluten sensitive.
  • Diagnosis of celiac disease is not easy.  It is expensive and you need to first have a positive antibody blood test then be confirmed by an intestinal biopsy by a Gastroenterologist in a hospital costing $2,000 – $5,000.
  • This disease can cause many problems in your body and research is even saying it may even predispose you to liver disease or cancer.
  • “Dr. Joseph Murray, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and his team looked at blood samples taken from Americans in the 1950s and compared them with samples taken from people today and determined it wasn’t just better diagnosis driving up the numbers. Celiac disease actually was increasing. Indeed, the research confirms estimates that about 1 percent of U.S. adults have it today, making it four times more common now than it was 50 years ago.”   CBS News
  • Wheat is not the way it used to be. Scientists began cross-breeding wheat to make hardier, shorter and better-growing plants in the 1950s. It seems that the gluten in wheat may have been altered contributing to ‘gluten sensitivity.’ There are now 25,000 types of wheat.

For more information on Celiac disease, visit the official website of the Celiac Disease Foundation. According to studies, gluten intolerance is four times more common today than it was in the 1950s.  Click here for a test if you are gluten intolerant.

Study Confirms that Mainstream Gluten-Free Diet is Fattening

Most of the people suffering from celiac disease (gluten intolerance) who follow a gluten-free diet gained weight according the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center report in a study with 188 patients on gluten-free diets.  81% had gained weight and over 40% had a BMI (body mass index) in the “overweight” range of greater than 25 after two years on the diet.

Next page: the 9 Problems with Mainstream Gluten-Free Products and Recipes.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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6:59AM PDT on Sep 26, 2013

Thank you Diana, for Sharing this!

7:42AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

Thanks for sharing. Interesting information.

11:42PM PDT on Aug 10, 2013

I swear that my eyes must literally bulge out of my head when I see the price of these gluten free products in the supermarket. Utterly ridiculous! Thanks goodness I don't have a problem with gluten.

3:21AM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

I have a friend with these issues will share info thanks

10:41AM PDT on Jul 17, 2013

I keep cutting it back more and more. I'm not intolerant, I think I'm gluten sensitive.
I can eat a little and not feel like I'm gonna blow up but a whole 6" sub will make me bloat like a balloon

2:34PM PST on Feb 6, 2013

I lost 20 lbs after giving it up, but I already eat vegan, no refined sugars/oils/additives (coloring, falvoring, etc)

4:15PM PST on Jan 18, 2013

Thanks for sharing, thank goodness for nuts, fruit and vegies. Well some of them anyway.

3:52AM PST on Jan 18, 2013

interesting. as always, it comes down to reading the packaging though. and about making the right lifestyle choices by doing research in the first place!

8:00AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

Thanks for more good info.

9:43AM PST on Dec 12, 2012

I'm worried now... My mum always said that being a coeliac, i'd be healthier :/ Oh dear...

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