Is that scientific evidence gluten-free?

I come from a long line of celiac women. For four generations on my mother’s side, our bodies have not been able to tolerate and digest gluten. I don’t have it as badly as my grandmother or even mom have it (our sensitivity seems to get worse with age) and I definitely have cheat-days: I deal with the consequences, and I’m not claiming celiac sainthood. However, in 2017, being gluten-free is “trendy”; it’s become a fad diet. First off, gluten is not bad for you, and you only need to give it up if your body cannot tolerate it, and there’s science to prove it. It’s just like any other food allergy. Just because some people are allergic to nuts doesn’t make eating nuts unhealthy. In all honesty, fad GF dieters are probably looking to give up carbs! It just so happens that gluten is in most every traditional bread item, but carbs =/= gluten.

On the one hand, it’s great that many more places have gluten free options now than they ever had; the fad has definitely helped expand my available options. However, when someone like myself who actually needs a gluten-free menu asks for one, it’s usually met with an eye-roll. Celiac fakers are just the tip of the iceberg, however.

Vegan. Dairy-free. Raw. Gluten free. Paleo. Like I said, many of these diets have no real health benefits unless your body has an issue digesting it. Whole grains (chock-full of gluten) are good for you. Dairy products have great amounts of calcium, and animal products provide lots of protein. 88% of scientists say that it’s perfectly safe to eat genetically modified foods, while 57% of US adults think it’s unsafe and before reading that statistic, I was one of the sheeple who was super against GMOs.

Thanks alot, internet. I’m looking at you, Dr. Oz.

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Fad diets have taken over thanks to our media, even though the science proving it wrong is definitely available. There is a gap between what science says and what the public believes, and I have nothing to blame besides our mediated word of mouth. Someone sees a “hot” girl’s Instagram post for “FitTea” or hears that Miley Cyrus went gluten free to lose weight and the whole world starts thinking that’s what they need to do to be “skinny”.

I am all for healthy eating, and am not downplaying the thought that Americans need to eat better. I’m simply saying that we need to start listening to real science, not that pop-up advertisement for weight loss miracles we saw on Facebook.

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