Celiac Disease: Why Going Gluten-Free Isn’t a Fad for Many

Those who have begun following a gluten-free lifestyle are often judged for their new eating habits. Many have even called a gluten-free lifestyle a fad, but there is significant evidence that this diet change can be very beneficial for many.

What is Gluten?

According to the Celiac Disease Foundation:

“Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat (wheatberries, durum, emmer, semolina, spelt, farina, farro, graham, KAMUT® khorasan wheat and einkorn), rye, barley and triticale – a cross between wheat and rye. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. Gluten can be found in many types of foods, even ones that would not be expected.”

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects the intestines. The symptoms of Celiac are non specific, meaning the pain and bloating often reported can indicate other conditions. Doctors know gluten-free is by no means a fad. The only true test for Celiac is a lab test for antibodies to gluten. These patients must remain on a gluten-free diet to keep their gut calm and reduce intestinal inflammation.

The symptoms of Celiac, in addition to pain and bloating, include diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss. People with Celiac will often feel fatigued as a result of not absorbing enough nutrients due to the inflammatory nature of the disease.

Gluten Sensitivity

Many people find that removing or reducing gluten in their diet has made them feel better overall. These people found that gluten free not a fad. Some people test negative for Celiac, but have similar symptoms. They may have a gluten sensitivity, where the autoimmune response is lacking, yet a gluten-free diet eases uncomfortable symptoms. They feel a gluten-free diet aids their digestion.

Many patients who have irritable bowel syndrome symptoms do well with a gluten-free or reduced gluten diet. Their bloating, gas and abdominal discomfort has been improved. Some consumers think that a gluten-free diet is the next “in” thing. However, they find gluten free is not a fad, it’s a real thing.

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