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.