29% of Americans are trying to go Gluten-Free

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Registered: 01-03-2001
29% of Americans are trying to go Gluten-Free
Tue, 03-26-2013 - 9:47am

Are you one of them? Why? According to this article by Time, it may be unnecessary. "... the NPD Group’s finding that 29% of Americans are trying to avoid gluten. The numbers suggest that many consumers are staying away from gluten simply because it’s trendy to do so." more

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Registered: 06-25-2008
Tue, 03-26-2013 - 9:50am

While I am personally not trying to ditch gluten, I have noticed more and more gluten-free choices popping up on restaurant menus. My husband and I love to eat out and I couldn't help but notice it. I have wondered what all the fuss is about.


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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 03-26-2013 - 10:09am

I started working with a gluten free diet for my middle daughter who is not officially diagnosed with ADHD, but has classic symptoms, both my brothers are diagnosed with it and my DH most likely has it also.  We've seen a big difference in her behavior when we stay with a mostly gluten free diet for her, and I have seen a big difference in my IBS symptoms while also sticking with it.   For her, she can more easily concentrate and pay attention to regular every day stuff, her impulsive behaviors are less, and she doesn't become as easily overstimulated by things.  I go out of my way to avoid foods with gluten in them in general, but I don't spend a bunch of excess on "gluten free" things either.  I try and stick with less processed foods in general, more fruits and veggies, etc.  So for us at least, its not a needless, added expense, I've just adjusted what we buy in general to a healthier all around diet.

While it may be considered "a fad" it was good that it was brought to the forefront of attention so that people who do really need and benefit from the diet are able to have more products available to them.  One of my boss's wives 13 years ago was finally diagnosed with celiac after many many years of health issues and at that time it was really hard for her to find products to eat, she could rarely go out to eat if they wanted to, and I remember I always knew when she had stopped by the office in the evenings as she always left the cracker jack prize on my desk, cracker jacks was one of the few snacks that were naturally gluten free that she could eat. 

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Registered: 08-13-2007
Tue, 03-26-2013 - 10:11am

We eat mainly gluten-free at our house, not because of it being a fad diet, but because of necessity.  My middle son is a Celiac and he's been on a gluten-free diet since he was 18 months old.  We don't all eat that way all of the time, but for the most part we do.  I will say that I feel much better when I stick gluten-free foods.  I just feel bloated and yucky, usually with decreased energy, on the days that I have a lot of gluten in my system. 


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Registered: 01-24-2012
Tue, 03-26-2013 - 11:50am

I admit I've often been tempted to try it, simply because of all the ancetodal evidence I've heard about how radically it's changed children's behavior (for the better) But isn't it true that to go truly gluten-free, you have to do it 100%? Like, no ounce of gluten can be allowed or else it totally messes up any other progress you've made? That sounds way too daunting to me.

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Registered: 09-30-2011
Tue, 03-26-2013 - 11:52am
Total fad! While there are people that have to go gluten free out of necessity as seen in this thread already, there are a lot of people who are just following a fad. It makes them feel superior, just like bragging about your fancy car or huge house. I had a discussion with my hairdresser yesterday, she was telling me how she took her whole family gluten free because she thought it sounded like a good idea. Now she can't eat anything but gluten free foods. I feel bad for her kids, they never get bread because the gluten free versions are so expensive. It makes me wonder if we are developing something similar to the affects of being too clean. Our bodies need some germs in it to stay healthy, maybe it's the same with gluten.


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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 03-26-2013 - 12:08pm

If you truly have celiac, then yes, you need to go 100% gluten free and you have to be careful of cross contamination.  My ODD's BFF growing up has it and she knows right away and has symptoms if she even comes into contact with it, for example Play doh has gluten in it.  Gluten stays in your system for upward of 3 weeks.  But if you are doing it because you are more gluten sensitive then even cutting down on it significantly can make a difference in your bodies overall processing of it and an reactions it may have because of it.

Here is a decent article about the differences, I guess you could liken it to a lactose intolerance versus truly allegic to dairy: