Gluten sensitivity – or celiac disease, is a severe autoimmune disease. If it has been diagnosed by a gastroenterologist, it must be treated. In that case, sufferers indeed have to follow a gluten-free diet.
But only 1% of people are affected. Therefore, 99% of people have no gluten sensitivity. Maybe you are disappointed now. Being sensitive or allergic to something is pretty hip in this spoiled and picky generation. Many doctors agree with that.
Trendy diet for dummies
Gluten-free diets are becoming more and more fashionable, particularly among women.
Many people don’t have thoughts of their own. They rely upon and blindly believe in the opinion of others, particularly celebs and influencers.
Also, for any digestive disorder, many ignorants recommend a gluten-free diet on social media and forums without the slightest knowledge of medics and dietetics. Marketing also has a lot to do with this kind of misconception.
Manufacturers can make considerable profits to sell more expensive gluten-free foods for fools.
And the problem is there not only that people spend a lot on such foods in vain.
Also, because in case there is indeed some gastrointestinal condition and while they are covering their non-existent sensitivity, there is probably some other reason behind their digestive disorder which goes untreated.
And they are not getting to seek medical attention.
A gluten-free diet should only be followed by those who are indeed tested for intolerance, and the test was positive.
In the case of gluten sensitivity, foods that contain gluten should be avoided entirely.
Is a Gluten-free diet good for weight loss?
Are there fewer calories in these foods? Not a bit, quite the opposite is true.
Many people are switching to a gluten-free diet for weight loss and for just maintaining their weight.
Advertisers try to sell these products and make people believe that they will consume fewer carbohydrates.
Gluten is a protein, and it has nothing to do with carbohydrates.
A gluten-free meal that looks and tastes like the regular one that it is imitating is not equivalent to low-calorie intake. You may eat vegetables, but that has nothing to do with the foods that we are talking about.
So you shouldn’t be surprised that such a diet has nothing to do with calorie reduction and weight loss.
More calories, fewer minerals, and vitamins
Gluten-free foods contain even more calories, fat, sugar, and sodium than their regular counterparts.
Manufacturers and restaurants replace wheat with other ingredients to make the taste and texture of such foods resemble the original recipe.
Also, the marketing campaigns of these foods encourage us to consume as much as we can.
Thus guarantee that our waistline and their wallet will grow.
Gluten-free diet do no good, but harm
Your wallet is guaranteed to be the first to notice the impact of this trendy diet.
Gluten-free foods, on average, cost twice or three times more than regular foods.
Such products cost more not only because of their trendiness but also because of their special ingredients and processing.
By eliminating wheat, barley, and rye from your diet, you are depriving your body of essential nutrients such as iron, fiber, folic acid, zinc, and vitamin D.
Be careful when you leave gluten out of your diet without the advice of your doctor as it can lead to tiredness, general weakness, hair loss, depression, constipation, or lack of menstruation.
Is being trendy worth the risk?