Guest post by Vivian Schemper, human nutrition & dietetics student at Metropolitan State University of Denver
Gluten-Free Movement: Fad or Fact?
Does “gluten-free yogurt” sound healthier than simply “yogurt?” Many consumers think so, and are dropping extra dollars at the grocery store to buy gluten-free versions of common foods. Yogurt is one of many foods that is naturally gluten-free, but has been advertised as a gluten-free food in order to lure consumers.
The gluten-free movement has become wildly popular in recent years with many of its proponents claiming that a gluten-free diet has the potential to cure all sorts of ailments—stomach pain, gas, bloating, acne, and inflammation. Some claim that eliminating gluten can help with weight loss, prevent cancer, and cure psoriasis. All of this sounds promising- but is there any truth to these claims? What’s the deal with gluten? Is it actually harmful? Should you eliminate it from your diet? Continue reading