Being bombarded with gluten-free certifications/recommendations/menus at the supermarket and in the media, I decided to research the advantages of a gluten ban in our menu. The findings of a study by the Journal of Pediatrics (not feet, infants!) if you continue reading.
- If you do not have celiac disease, wheat allergy or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, as diagnosed by a medical doctor, there is no benefit to a gluten-free diet
- Eating Gluten-free packaged food often contains more fat and sugar, so contributes to obesity
- A gluten-free diet may lead to vitamin B and iron deficiency
- Eliminating gluten raises exposure to certain toxins
- Those buying gluten-free food encounter significantly higher food costs
- Maintaining a gluten-free diet may obscure the diagnosis of celiac disease
Basically, without a proper diagnosis, it is hazardous (and you’re being a bit of a hypochondriac).