Celiac Disease has been on a pretty serious media tour lately, with the New York Times, Nightline and the Today Show all running features about it and its kid brother, gluten intolerance. But you know CD has really hit the big time when Arianna and her gang over at the Huff Post put their own spin on in, opting to tackle the “Is gluten-free really healthier” argument. (By the way, numerous organizations have beat them to the punch and concluded that “no, it is not” for people without gluten issues.)
I’m a fan of the Huffington Post and its often controversial/snarky/decidedly liberal fare, but I found nothing new in this article. I realize it would be hard for someone who considers herself to be somewhat of an expert on a subject to find something new, but what I mean is, it offered nothing I haven’t heard from the other aforementioned outlets.
Maybe they’re toning down as a result of that AOL buyout.
Here was the one bit of information I found intriguing, as I’ve heard many people who try the GF diet out of curiosity attest to feeling better, but it’s not for the reason they think:
Many who go on a gluten-free diet may lose weight and feel better, but it has nothing to do with avoiding gluten. Just cutting out starchy, processed forms of carbohydrate or limiting carbohydrate intake helps with lowering insulin resistance, which leads to weight loss and improved energy.
Let’s all let out a collective, “Ohhh.”
Writer Susan B. Dopart concludes, “For the rest of us, there’s no need to follow the trends of what is currently in vogue with food manufacturers. Eating simple, unprocessed foods according to what your body can tolerate is the best way of eating.”
I, for one, hope that GF stays “in vogue” with food manufacturers for years to come, lest I go back to eating rice cakes every meal of every day. I’ve always hated rice cakes.