Gluten is getting a pretty rough ride these days – everything seems to be its fault … weight gain, lethargy, bad skin, depression… the list goes on. Avoiding gluten is essential for people with celiac disease (read more about that here), but there are only about 1% of these guys in our population.
That’s great for celiacs, but a new wave of middle-class hysteria has now hit our streets with non-celiacs trying to avoid it at all costs. Marketing geniuses have started to move away from the saturated omega-3, sea kelp, low fat markets and move towards the gluten-free market… a market worth over $4bn in the US alone. These guys are proclaiming that going gluten-free will help you lose weight, clear up your acne and give you an energy boost through the day. Here are 6 issues with going gluten-free when you don’t need to:
1) If you ignore gluten, you also ignore his friends like vitamin B, fibre, calcium, iron
Celiacs have a really hard time getting enough nutrients in from gluten-free products. Wheat alone has so many nutrients (such as the ones listed above) The research showing this far outweighs the bullshit research from rich marketing geniuses promoting health benefits of gluten-free foods. Read more here
2) Avoiding gluten won’t increase your energy levels
The health claim that by avoiding gluten you will have increased energy levels was born out of the fact that Celiacs become very lethargic when they consume gluten. That’s great for Celiacs, but there is NO research out there showing avoiding gluten increases your energy levels. Soz.
3) You can convince yourself of pretty much anything
The human brain is a powerful thing. Gluten-free is a placebo – if you’ve been told that avoiding gluten will give you more energy throughout the day, you’ll start to look out for the symptoms and convince yourself that you feel more awake.
4) One crouton will impact your gluten levels
Something I’ve noticed with my friends is the fact that they will avoid gluten all day and then have one tiny glutenous product… like a crouton (I bloody love croutons). That one small source of gluten is enough to give you all the effects attributed to it. You may as well have had a piece of bread.
5) My grandma ate gluten and she’s 90
There are NO studies which show the long-term affects of avoiding gluten
6) People who are gluten-free when they don’t have to be are dicks. FACT.