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The Gluten-Free Diet: Fad or For Real?

Posted Sep 17 2010 8:06am

A decade ago, it would have been extremely difficult to find someone who knew what the term "gluten-free" meant. In fact, it could have easily been confused with "guilt-free" and "glutton-free." However, since the 2004 NIH Consensus Conference on Celiac Disease, gluten-free has taken the United States by storm and now you're hard pressed to find someone who hasn't heard of the gluten-free diet.

Celebrities are using the diet as a new fad for weight loss and others are eliminating gluten--the protein found in wheat, rye and barley--simply because they've heard it's bad for you. But is it really?

The question is answered beautifully in an article published this week by the Associated Press . The article looks at all of the myths out there about the gluten-free diet and disucsses how the diet is appropriately used for people with celiac disease and often misused for other purposes.

Check ou the full Associated Press article to learn all about it.

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