Is Gluten-Free a Fad Diet?

Gluten is a protein in wheat, barley, and rye. It seems these days gluten-free is everywhere you turn. For the 1% of the population with celiac disease, gluten is serious and can lead to all sorts of serious health damage. There are an additional 6% who are intolerant to gluten too. After the fad is gone, these people will still have to maintain their diet. What about the rest of us? Here’s my take…

  • Gluten-free has been a fad and a fantastic marketing tool. Seriously, when did yogurt or juice have gluten in them? It’s a word that’s thrown around to get us to buy and think it’s healthy despite whatever they add to it. Don’t fall for it!
  • Yet another scam, gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Companies are adding all sorts of sugars, additives, chemicals to get the right texture and taste and simply labeling the product “gluten-free” so we assume it’s “healthy.” Don’t fall for it!
  • As a nation, we have definitely consumed way more gluten, specifically wheat, than we ever have in history. All of our process goods are overloaded with often simple carbohydrates which does lead to weight gain, bloated belly, and risk for diseases like type 2 diabetes. Reducing gluten especially the processed type is a very good idea.
  • Just by going gluten-free does not make your diet healthy. You may be missing essential fibers and nutrients. Talk to us about eating a truly balanced diet that will make you thrive and not crave a bunch of carbs and sugars. You will naturally want all the good stuff without discipline or denial.

Stop dieting and get a free health consultation to see if this is the right match for you. or (619) 876-2655. Weed through the fad diets and do what truly works in the long run for you and your family.

~Samantha Hua, Nutrition & Health Coach, San Diego, CA