So, gluten is the new buzzword these days. I've seen everything from coffee, to toothpaste, canned diced tomatoes, underwear (well, ok, maybe not), toothpicks...you name it, it's all claiming to not have the horrific gluten. I mean things that have never even had gluten in them to begin with are claiming to be "gluten free". I think I recently saw it on a pack of licorice.
Sales of gluten free products have grown 30% a year from 2006 to 2010 (mercola,2011) This sends out a radar alert to the food industry advertisers that this is a gateway to getting the American public to open their wallets. This is why you see everything from dog food to toothbrushes claiming to be "gluten free".
I'm not trying to make light of people who have very real intolerances to gluten, but lately advertisers have been using this as the next weight loss miracle. Can you lose weight if you avoid gluten?
Let's look at some facts:
Do I think it's worth it to avoid gluten? I'd say you have to be the judge. If you have the patience and are willing to cut out all things gluten and want to wait to see how it affects, or has been affecting you, I'd say go for it! It would require that you take all things gluten out for 90 days and then re-introducing it back into your diet and see if it has an ill effect on you. If all is well in your digestive tract right now, then I'd say carry on.
If you've just discovered that you are gluten intolerant or are in fact have celiac's disease, check out these websites to get yourself started and start on your way to a gluten-free living in exciting and delicious ways!