What is it?
THE DRAMA: “The Gluten Free Diet will quickly benefit anyone who wants to ‘get well, look good, and stay healthy.’ If you feel sluggish, irritable, or your thinking isn’t up to par, try this diet. You will begin to feel better within a week. That tired, heavy feeling will give way to a feeling of lightness and energy. Soon you will regain interest, mental alertness, and concentration. In a short while, you will want to be active, do things and go places. Yes…exercise!”
The Gluten Free diet is a diet plan where the product “Gluten” is limited or restricted from the diet. Gluten is a protein element found in Wheat, Barley, Rye, and Tritcate (Scotland/Sweden Wheat hybrid). It is also found in corn and rice but considered to be at no risk levels. Gluten free diet is adopted for Celiac disease which presents itself in dermatitis, herpetiforms, and wheat allergies. There is also new research being done in areas of autism with no found results yet. FDA recommends less than 20 parts per million for a product to achieve “gluten-free” labeling. Almond or PURE buckwheat flour is often alternative source for use in wheat bound recipes. Gluten products are often used as thickening agents in ketchup, ice cream, prescriptions, vitamins, and cosmetics.
What is its Benefit?
The benefit of this diet is usually prescribed to an individual who suffers for an allergy to this product. By the implementation of the diet plan patients find more comfort in gastrula intestinal issues for a reduction in inflammation.
Why would you try it?
I would only try this diet if I were prescribed to by a physician for the purpose of allergen relief.
What are contraindications?
They advertisements meant for weight loss is opposite in long term patients who often actually find weight gain after several months. Being on the diet itself without a prescription can lead to an unhealthy loss of colon bacteria, decrease fiber intake, cancer immunities, blood pressure control and immune function. (Gluten-Free Diet: Imprudent Dietary Advice for the General Population? Glenn A. Gaesser, PhD; Siddhartha S. Angadi, PhD)
“Despite numerous health claims and the exploding popularity of gluten-free products, there are no published data to support a weight loss claim for a gluten-free diet.”(3 Marcason W. Is there evidence to support the claim that a gluten-free diet should be used for weight loss? J Am Diet Assoc. 2011;111(11):1786).
“There is no evidence to suggest that following a gluten-free diet has any significant benefits in the general population. Indeed, there is some evidence to suggest that a gluten-free diet may adversely affect gut health in those without celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.31”