Magazine article Work & Family Life

What's Up with the Gluten Free-for-All?

Magazine article Work & Family Life

What's Up with the Gluten Free-for-All?

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It's all the rage: gluten-free everything, as a way to eat healthy and lose weight. You can find about 8,000 glutenfree foods on Amazon.com, and sales of these products reached $28 billion in 2012.

But despite the books and celebrity hype, there's no solid evidence that going gluten-free is beneficial for the great majority of Americans, according to an Arizona State University study published in the "Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics."

Gluten is the main ingredient in wheat, rye and barley, and there's one important reason to avoid it: if you have a gluten-related disorder such as celiac disease or you have gluten sensitivity. Celiac disease affects about 1 % of the U.S. population. Gluten sensitivity may affect as much as 6%, but the term is not uniformly defined and the percentage is debatable. …

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