Yesterday the Today Show aired a segment about the gluten-free "fad". Basically, the expert said that a gluten-free diet is not necessary and has no benefits. I disagree. I do not eat grains, so I am gluten-free by default. I feel so much better without gluten. Health problems that I would never have even connected to diet have cleared up.
The expert also said that a gluten-free diet is restrictive, expensive, and difficult to follow. I disagree with these statements too. Yes, it took a while to get use to the whole no bread and no pasta thing but now I don't even want those foods. They just don't register as food. There is a plethora of gluten-free foods found in nature. Peaches, steak, salmon, apples, and bananas come to mind. It can be expensive but it doesn't have to be. All of the foods shown on stage were processed foods, which of course cost more money than fresh foods. At the grocery store I noticed a gluten-free cake mix for $6. A pound of grapes is only $.99 this week. The grapes are more nutritious and much cheaper than the packaged "health" food! I don't find a diet full of yummy whole foods to be difficult to follow. If we really want to eat a piece of bread, cake, pizza, whatever we use our 20% fun food budget.
Here is the video clip in case you missed the show.
*There might be an advertisement for margarine before the clip plays. I DO NOT advocate eating margarine. It isn't food.
What is your opinion of the gluten-free fad?
(This is my first time embedding a video clip so please let me know if it doesn't work)