Is a Gluten-Free Diet Really All it's Made Out to Be?
The gluten-free diet has fast risen to the top of novel diet fads in recent years, and has been found to be remarkably beneficial to certain people. However, are its benefits really universal enough to warrant such popularity? Or are people generally misinformed of the sweeping benefits its purported to have?
It doesn't benefit everyone
Gluten is a protein that is present in a number of grains, most notably in wheat, and which enables their dough to fluff or rise when we cook them. It's generally harmless to most people, passing through the body without fuss since it's not completely digestible. However for a minority of people who have celiac disease, a wheat allergy or some other kind of gluten intolerance, it can make life extremely difficult. In such cases, going gluten-free is an unavoidable choice. For people not affected by gluten, though, such a diet is as good as any other, and it makes no difference either way.
It's hard, very hard to keep up with
If you don't really need to go gluten-free, it's best for you as well as those around you that you don't unnecessarily make it so difficult to assemble a simple square meal. Gluten occurs so commonly in a regular diet, you'll have to go such extremes as comb your food to remove stray crumbs of bread or other wheat based foods, virtually stick to home-cooked food exclusively and go off beer entirely.
Plainly speaking, this is a painful path to tread, where you'll also be expected to constantly defend your choice and justify your reasons to people who're likely to find your habits irksome. Don't resort to this diet without consulting your doctor or a dietician.