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** Why All The Buzz About Gluten-Free **

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Published: May 3, 2013
Updated: May 3, 2013

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Today, gluten-free products and diets are all the rage. In fact, a recent
study finds as many as 1.6 million Americans avoid gluten, even though they
haven’t been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

Although there is no harm in eliminating gluten from your diet, doctors say
there is no reason to avoid it—unless you’re one of the two million
people who cannot tolerate the proteins.

“Gluten is bad for some people, but certainly not all,” explains
Michelle Nacouzi, MD, a primary care physician at Duke Primary Care Brier
Creek. “So unless you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten
sensitivity, gluten-free products aren’t necessarily going to give you a
health benefit.”

*What Is Celiac Disease?*

Once considered a rare childhood disorder, celiac was frequently
misdiagnosed and just as frequently overlooked. Today, doctors are more
attuned to the seemingly vague symptoms that can signal celiac disease, and
diagnose it frequently in children as well as adults.

“Celiac disease is now estimated to be four times

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By Jane Anderson, About.com GuideJuly 10, 2013

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It's pretty obvious that the gluten-free diet is a trendy choice these days
-- we've got celebs ranging from Kim Kardashian to Miley Cyrus (not to
mention Elisabeth Hasselbeck) gushing about the diet's benefits, and new
gluten-free products coming out every day.


But why do people choose to eat gluten-free?

According to a poll conducted last year of 1,484 gluten-free consumers from
gluten-free retailer Vitacost.com, people choosing gluten-free foods do so
because they believe there's a health benefit in doing so ... regardless of
whether they've been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

The poll found that 40% eat gluten-free because they "tend to have an upset
stomach" after eating gluten-containing foods (it didn't include questions
about other potential symptoms of gluten sensitivity, such as brain fog,
migraines and joint pain).

Meanwhile, 31% said they choose gluten-free foods because they see those
foods as healthier, and 13% eat gluten-free because they have been
diagnosed with celiac disease.

Close to half of those surveyed said they only eat gluten-free foods, while
38% said they choose some gluten-free products. The rest said that eating
gluten-free was too expensive (to cope with this, see my tips for how to
eat gluten-free on a budget).

So why do you eat gluten-free? Answer in our poll below.

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Source: celiacdisease.about.com/b/2013/07/10/why-do-you-eat-gluten-free.htm

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