Facts don't back up gluten-free craze

Facts don't back up gluten-free craze

There are 10 comments on the IndyStar.com story from May 15, 2011, titled Facts don't back up gluten-free craze. In it, IndyStar.com reports that:

It's one of the hottest trends in the food industry: gluten-free. All manner of products -- cereal, cake mix, even beer -- are making the jump from niche stores to the nation's biggest supermarkets.

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Perkasie, PA

#1 May 15, 2011
It's yet another hit piece on the gluten-free diet!

I'd love to drop this "fad diet" but the cold, hard truth is that I will die if I do. I have celiac disease and become violently ill if I eat gluten. I've already fought 1 round of celiac related cancer, and deal every day with the long term side effects of it, including malabsorption of nutrients and anemia.

The writer makes a big deal about GF foods not being as nutritious as gluten versions - BUT DOESN'T MENTION THAT IS BECAUSE THE GLUTEN VERSIONS ARE FORTIFIED (almost all flour in the U.S. is fortified by law) AND THE GF VERSIONS AREN'T.

How about food producers start fortifying the GF versions, too, and then that silly comment can be dropped.

Ås for the statement that people gain weight after starting on the GF diet - did they stop to THINK that many celiacs are undernourished before diagnosis and many of them are just returning to healthy weight, not getting fat?


#2 May 24, 2011
i am allergic to gluten and i hate the food, it is flat, hard and tastes like cardboard.

Hudson, WI

#3 May 28, 2011
I was diagnosed with celiac about 2 years ago. When I first started the diet I thought I was going to die. So much has to be eliminated from your 'comfortable/familiar living' but on a good note-more produce is consumed as a Celiac and that's actually what your body needs!!! With that being said, the "fortified" foods aren't even necessary. A healthy diet is within the perimeter of the store-fact:-) Skip the junk, eat healthy, stay healthy, live long:-)

United States

#4 Jan 17, 2012
A gluten free diet is just fine....if you are one of the less than 1% of the people who actually need it. However, to push this on everyone as being "what they need to do" just because less than 1% actually need it is just plain wrong.

Leamington, Canada

#5 Feb 24, 2012
Howdy wrote:
A gluten free diet is just fine....if you are one of the less than 1% of the people who actually need it. However, to push this on everyone as being "what they need to do" just because less than 1% actually need it is just plain wrong.
Well it's like the argument against athiests. You can't make a judgement on Christianity unless you read the bible. If you havne't read it... then your opinion is useless. Give it a 2 week run. Watch headaches vanish, energy boost, sickness rush away

Sudbury, Canada

#6 Mar 22, 2012
Tests have been performed by infusing gluten into healthy intestinal tracts - on very healthy people. I believe the results are something like 30% of them are reacting to the gluten. Wheat, in much of the general population, is poisonous. Period. Yes, we all hate the diet...my daughter and I are both Celiac, and vegetarian because of processing problems, but neither of would be alive today if we had not insisted to several doctors that we want the screening and biopsy performed.

It's about time we all took a look at what we're sticking into our mouths...I'm sure everyone would like a few healthy years tacked on to their lives.
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Winnipeg, Canada

#7 Mar 22, 2012
I can't eat wheat or grasses or cow's milk product. Grasses include banana and cane sugar even some honey depending what they are pollinating. My point is this, studies have shown that wheat is bad for us, but its entrenched and hard to change things entrenched. Same with cow's milk. I used goats milk. One major difference between the two. Goats milk digests in 20 minutes. Cow's milk can take up to 24 hours. To me that's a red flag.
paul shykora

Calgary, Canada

#8 Mar 22, 2012
...maybe so....to you's...eh..

United States

#9 Mar 29, 2012
Gluten is causing more heart disease than fat in the diet.

One reason is that fat doesn't cause heart disease, and gluten causes inflammation, which is the real cause.

It makes no difference if you are celiac or not. celiac is an extreme case. These grains were not meant to be human food. They have toxins in them to protect the grain from animals that might want to eat the seed.

Nice going agriculture! You are feeding people what is basically a natural "pesticide."

Winnipeg, Canada

#10 Mar 29, 2012
paul shykora wrote:
...maybe so....to you's...eh..
Quit eating gluten. You might then be able to post something sensible.

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