The gluten-free diet has become a popular diet trend with people who have health problems. What exactly does “gluten-free” really mean, and does it help? And is it healthy?
- Gluten is a protein found in barley, wheat or rye and presents problems for people with celiac disease.
- People who follow a gluten-free diet include people with celiac disease, people with non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and people with a wheat allergy.
- The gluten diet is more popular among people between 20 to 39 years. Additionally, women are more likely than men to follow the gluten diet.
“If the kid does not have celiac disease or allergy [to wheat], there is no reason to go on a gluten-free diet,” he says. People who go on a gluten-free diet without a medical need often think they are choosing a healthy lifestyle, but they may be harming their health, Green says.
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