The Problems With a Gluten-Free Diet
We don’t want to wade into the increasingly tumultuous argument over who does and doesn’t have celiac disease. It’s not our job here to judge what anyone thinks they may or may not have.
But, with that said, there are some important things to know about gluten and your body.
As you may or may not know, the percentage of people who actually have celiac disease, which is what causes gluten intolerance, is about 1%. But gluten-free diets have become the rage across the world as people tend to think that there is something inherently wrong with gluten and it needs to be avoided. For those without celiac disease, avoiding gluten can lead to some unintended consequences.
As this article points out, eating gluten products actually does provide some important nutrients for the body:
That includes studies that have found increased rates of metabolic syndrome among people who switch to a gluten-free diet, presumably due to poor nutritional quality of gluten-free replica products. Other studies have reported people developing deficiencies in folate, thiamine, and iron, which are added to grain products by law.