Gluten-Free Isn't Always Healthy

April Peveteaux
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eating gluten freeGoing gluten-free may have given tennis star Novak Djokovic a rack up as he kicked some French Open butt, and I know someone who swears going gluten-free helped her lose the baby weight. But I'm here to tell you people, going gluten-free may have spared me from osteoporosis, stomach cancer, stroke, and other fun things, but going gluten-free is not a magic bullet to perfect health. I'm proof.

For those of you who are wondering what the heck gluten is; it's found in rye, barley, wheat, and lots of other random places. But mostly you have to watch out for the three grains of death mentioned above. If you have celiac disease, eating gluten attacks the villi in your small intestine, completely destroying it and not allowing you to absorb any nutrients at all. Naturally disease and other crappy (literally) things happen as a result. Once you stop eating gluten, you're good to go. Unless you're like me, and you get hella' fat.

Most people who are forced to start eating gluten-free have already lost a lot of weight, especially if they've gone undiagnosed for a long period of time. I lost about ten pounds in three months, but little did I know as soon as I cut out the gluten, I'd be making up that weight loss and then some. As of today, six months later, I don't know what exactly I weigh, but I do know none of my clothes fit me anymore.

Sure it could be my love of re-creating gluten-free treats, but I recently met someone who told me it was pretty common for celiacs to gain about 20 pounds post-diagnosis. Because gluten-free doesn't mean sugar-free, or grain-free. You just switch one really common grain, for others. I eat quinoa, rice, sorghum, and tapioca flours on a regular basis. Which sound healthy, right? Not according to my ass.

Just like vegetarians, cutting out one food doesn't mean you're picking up the best choices that are still available. It's more likely that people who go gluten-free and feel a big difference, aren't searching out gluten-free cookies and hamburger buns to substitute. They probably are cutting out carbs, which is also known as The Atkins Diet. Remember that one?

So before you decide to jump on this latest trend, keep this in mind: There may not be any good g-free donuts, but you can eat your weight in delicious cookies, cakes, and pizza if you just do a little searching.

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