“Is There a Downside to Going Gluten-Free if You’re Healthy?” Yes

From NY Times: Is There a Downside to Going Gluten-Free if You’re Healthy?

Yes. This short commentary explains a lot of reasons why going gluten-free is not a great idea for healthy individuals.

  1. Often, a gluten-free diet incorporates more fat, more sugar, more salt and less fiber –all bad for your health.  A gluten-free diet can increase the risk of weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
  2. A gluten-free diet may make definitive testing for celiac disease inaccurate after more than a few weeks.
  3. “While much has been written in books and online sources about the purported benefits of avoiding gluten, such as weight loss, cognitive well-being and overall wellness, these claims are not supported by evidence….Though some patients with irritable bowel syndrome, or I.B.S., may see symptoms improve after cutting out gluten-containing foods, research suggests it’s likely to be a result of something other than gluten.”

My take (borrowed): “There’s no reason for someone who feels well to start a gluten-free diet to promote wellness,” said Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl, director of clinical research at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. “It is not an intrinsically wellness-promoting diet.”

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