Why you should try going gluten-free
A new study on the gluten-free diet is making BIG headlines around the world -- and, no doubt, you've seen some of the alarmist nonsense yourself:
- "Gluten-free diets could be harmful for those who don't need them, expert warns"
- The Independent
- "The Harm in Blindly 'Going Gluten Free'"
- The Atlantic
- "Study: Gluten-free diet unhealthy for people without celiac disease"
- "Gluten-free diets may harm people without celiac disease, gastroenterologist warns"
- The Washington Times
But these headlines aren't referencing a real study, but rather an article that's more of an opinion piece in the journal Pediatrics written by Columbia University gastroenterologist Dr. Norelle R. Reilly.
She claims that unless you've got celiac disease, there's no benefit at all to going gluten-free... and that it might even hurt you.
She's wrong on both counts.
Dr. Reilly is pulling an exercise in "selective science" -- cherry-picking scientific studies she agrees with and ignoring the growing body of evidence that proves you can have problems with gluten even if you don't have celiac.
One placebo-controlled study last year showed very clearly that non-celiac gluten sensitivities are real. Folks who thought they had gluten sensitivity and who were given real gluten capsules experienced real health issues as a result, including cramps, abdominal pain, foggy brain, and more. In some cases, the reactions were so severe that they suffered ulcers -- a reaction not seen in those folks with suspected gluten sensitivity who were given a placebo.
In another study, after just three weeks on a gluten-free diet, people without celiac who thought they were perfectly healthy had both physical and mental improvements. They had fewer cases of stomach pain such as cramps and less fatigue, and they were sharper and better able to focus.
Non-celiac gluten sensitivities are so common that some studies estimate that between 90 and 100 million Americans are quietly suffering from them -- and most will never get the help they need because of the outdated thinking of mainstream "experts" such as Dr. Reilly.
She even claims going gluten-free could cause weight gain and nutritional deficiencies... but this is just plain scaremongering.
She practically admits as much, because she says the real "problem" isn't with the diet itself -- it's that many of the gluten-free products rushed into supermarkets are junk foods created to capitalize on the fad.
That doesn't mean the diet is bad. It means you have to avoid food that's pure junk, whether it's gluten-free or not.
So if you've been having health problems that your doctor hasn't been able to diagnose... or just lingering issues you haven't even mentioned to him such as fatigue, brain fog, digestive issues and more... do yourself a favor and try eliminating gluten.
Many people report feeling better in days, although it can take a few months for it to truly kick in.
Even if you think you're healthy, give it a shot. You might be surprised by how much better you feel.