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Old 11-20-2017, 08:46 PM   #1
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Gluten Free Benefits?

Iíve done a bit of reading, and Iím finding it hard to justify the inherent problems in a gluten free diet, unless one is intolerant or suffering from Celiac disease. Are there any benefits to a gluten free diet for those who have no such intolerance? In one article I read, the author said that aside from the above two reasons, the third reason is personal choice? Iím just wondering why someone would choose a gluten free diet if itís not necessary.

These are genuine questions - Iím looking to learn!

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Old 11-20-2017, 08:50 PM   #2
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From the little that I've read, there is no benefit to eliminating gluten from your diet unless there is a medical reason to do so.
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Old 11-20-2017, 09:17 PM   #3
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I've read quite a bit on the subject, and talked to my GI doctor about it. If you don't have celiac disease - which is not an intolerance but the inability to break down gluten - there is no scientific evidence of any benefit to a gluten-free diet. It's a fad that marketers have glommed onto, like the low fat diets of the past.

Here's a good source of reliable information: https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/tag/gluten/
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Old 11-20-2017, 10:15 PM   #4
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I talked to my Endocrinologist and she said that unless you
have Celiac Disease (and in some cases IBS) you should not cut gluten from your diet. She said that GF become a fad diet in the USA.
She had asked me to keep a food diary over the previous 6 months,
and I got a big thumbs up from her!
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Old 11-21-2017, 12:03 AM   #5
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Old 11-21-2017, 12:13 AM   #6
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I have a young cousin with Celiac Disease. For him, it is a major problem. But, for most people, as I understand it, it is not a problem. I do know that the symptoms of Celiac Disease are not subtle. If you have it, you will know something is wrong.

So, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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Old 11-21-2017, 03:13 PM   #7
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My kid has been on a wheat/glutin free diet for a couple for years now. I did it for most of a year.

We both lost a bunch of weight. It also made my head feel much clearer, and my stress level went way down. That wasn't a placebo effect, as I didn't do any research before starting it. I still get that effect if I go off wheat for a few days.

My problem is I am on the road working most days. I just got tired of corn tortilla sandwiches and lettuce wrapped burgers. Taco Bell and the rest of the fast food places started adding wheat as a filler, which meant no tacos either.

I will probably go back on it after the first of the year. There is just too much good wheaty stuff to eat until then.
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Old 11-21-2017, 03:24 PM   #8
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If you don't need to be gluten free, you shouldn't.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/a...t-gluten-free/
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Old 11-21-2017, 03:47 PM   #9
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There is a vegan and gluten free bakery opening just around the corner from me. The perfectly good coffee shop that was there forever got booted, Owner raised their lease sky high and this is what the ngbrhood gets as a replacement. Doubt I'll ever cross their doorstep.
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Old 11-21-2017, 03:57 PM   #10
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Perhaps if a member of a household is celiac it might be practical for the entire household to be GF.
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