Why We’re Wasting Billions on Gluten-Free Food

Many of us paying a premium to avoid the gluten in our food are doing so without any good medical reason.

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A new survey from market research firm the NPD Group finds that America is cutting gluten out of its diet in a big way. Just under one-third of 1,000 respondents agreed with the statement: “I’m trying to cut back/avoid Gluten in my diet.”

That’s the highest level since the company added gluten consumption to the surveys it does about Americans’ eating habits in 2009. TIME labeled the gluten-free movement #2 on its top 10 list of food trends for 2012.

As food fads go, though, this one’s not only enormous: It’s enormously expensive — and many of us paying a premium to avoid gluten are doing so without any legitimate medical reason.

First of all, why is gluten — a protein found in wheat, rye and barley — so bad? Well, for most of us, it isn’t. The University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Center estimates that more than 3 million Americans — about one in 133 — have celiac disease, in which consuming gluten triggers a serious autoimmune response in the digestive system. A larger number — exactly how many has been the source of debate, with studies some claiming as many as one in 16 Americans and others saying  far fewer — have a less-severe sensitivity to gluten that causes gastrointestinal distress.

But that still doesn’t add up to the NPD Group’s finding that 29% of Americans are trying to avoid gluten. The numbers suggest that many consumers are staying away from gluten simply because it’s trendy to do so.

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Avoiding certain ingredients goes in cycles: Back in the 70s, it was sugar. Then it was fat, then saturated fat. Then fat was in but carbs were out. Gluten is the pariah ingredient du jour, and there are a lot of healthy people shelling out big bucks for gluten-free food they probably don’t need.

“Most people must be doing this because they think they feel better, or they do feel better but they’re not diagnosed with gluten issues,” says Harry Balzer, chief industry analyst at the NPD Group. As TIME Healthland pointed out:

People who have bad reactions to common gluten-containing foods — pasta, breads, baked goods and breakfast cereal — may actually be sensitive to something else… It’s also possible that some people develop gastrointestinal or other symptoms simply because they believe they’re food-sensitive.

None of this would be a huge problem, except that this is an exceptionally pricey food fad. Producing gluten-free items, especially baked goods, is more expensive because manufacturers have to come up with alternatives that will give the finished product the same light, chewy texture that gluten imparts.

Researchers from Dalhousie Medical School at Dalhousie University in Canada compared the prices of 56 ordinary grocery items that contain gluten with their gluten-free counterparts. All of the gluten-free ones were more expensive, and some were much more expensive. On average, gluten-free products were a whopping 242% pricier than the gluten-containing versions.

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An increasing number of food manufacturers have risen to the challenge of producing more gluten-free products, and the category is big business. Market research company Packaged Facts said in a report last fall the gluten-free market in the United States was $4.2 billion last year. It predicts that the category will grow to $6.6 billion by 2017.

Balzer thinks the gluten-free craze is an evolution and an expansion of the low-carb trend. Unlike a dietary modification that affects only a fraction of the population, like cutting out certain foods to reduce cholesterol, framing the gluten issue as being about “wellness” makes it inclusive enough that everyone can participate. “Digestive health has become a buzzword of how to deal with health in America today,” Balzer says. Probiotics are another popular food trend that fits the wellness category.

“We’ve come to address health as something beyond removal” of ingredients, he says. In other words, we’ve abandoned the idea of deprivation and decided that instead of simply eating less to feel better and be healthy, we’ll just eat different stuff. “The concept of being on a diet is, I think, losing favor even if you are watching what you eat,” Balzer says. “It’s so much easier for Americans to say I’m concerned with wellness — I’m on a gluten-free diet.’”

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It’s also easier to declare success when “wellness” is the goal. If you’re on a conventional “diet” for months and still wearing the same size pants, you’ve clearly not achieved your objective. Declaring yourself gluten-free, on the other hand, takes away the pressure to achieve a visible result. Now you can have your (gluten-free) cake and eat it, too.

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AliciaHerzing
AliciaHerzing

This article pisses me off!  You're basically saying that "gluten free people" aren't worth the extra expense and frustration of companies having to produce and manufacture it!  Not cool!  However,  I do believe for many it is a "fad" and many people have became gluten free just to "join in"..... BUT  I have recently found out I have an intolerance. No I don't have celiac disease but I have found by consuming gluten my depression is worse, I can't lose weight, I am tired all the time  and I have unexplained  migraines.  And I don't mean just a little sleepy, I'm talking severe exhaustion to the point I couldn't function... I have been gluten free for over a month now and all of those issues (except my weight problems) have all but completely disappeared!  So lets talk about this, TIME magazine....  Gluten in many forms is a man made product!  It's found in almost all packaged foods.  As far as I'm concerned people would be more healthy if they followed this simple step... If it doesn't come from the ground, ie fruits and veggies, or from an animal, we shouldn't be consuming it.  Yes I realize that's hard to do, and NO I don't live by that theory 100%.  BUT 50 years ago we were.  And 50 years ago all of these diseases and ailments afflicting Americans today didn't exist.   Fibromyalgia!  Are you f'ing kidding me!  That in itself is such a BS "disease"... Dr's tried to diagnose me with it years ago, because they couldn't figure out what was wrong.  I had chronic back pain, still do.  But I think Dr's diagnose people with this made up disease because they feel they need to tell patients something because they can't find any other reason for their pain.  I apologize to people who believe it but I don't buy it.  There's a disease for everything these days.  You never heard of autism, and restless leg syndrome and ADD/ADHD and other problems that were around weren't as severe as they are now.. Like my depression.  NO, please don't read into that wrong, I do believe autism is a real disease but it wasn't as rampant as it is now.  And it certainly wasn't caused nor is it caused by vaccinations... That's a whole other rant.   At any rate I think this article is offensive to those of us with real gluten issues.  I thought it was total BS too until I went off it and seen my health dramatically improve.  And just cause I'm the only one in my household with this problem, doesn't mean I have to pump my family with gluten, cause it will just turn out to be an issue for my children down the road as well.     And I don't think it's fair for us gluten free folk to have to pay so much extra for something removed from our food that really shouldn't be there to begin with!  That's like us having to pay more for foods that are organic and GMO free..!

pgolgi
pgolgi

"But that still doesn’t add up to the NPD Group’s finding that 29% of Americans are trying to avoid gluten. The numbers suggest that manyconsumers are staying away from gluten simply because it’s trendy to do so."


What  an offensive statement made about the public, undermining their ability to make wise choices. 
Sure celiac disease is not as common as 30%. But celiac disease is only the gastrointestinal - flat out, obvious manifestation of gluten intolerance.


Also consider the fact, that doctors around the world are often slow in diagnosing Celiac disease, often it will takes over 20 years and I have cases like this in my family! Living in Poland, Canada, US. The guidelines are also imperfect from the point of view of the patient, because why should anyone wait for intestinal collapse of the villi to prove that they have coeliac. Yet this approach is still often followed. Also doctors in many societies reluctantly will test for celiac disease. 


All this clearly means - follow your own reasoning as well and listen to your body. 

DesElms
DesElms

THE ARTICLE's HEADLINE and SUB-HEADLINE: Why We’re Wasting Billions on Gluten-Free Food | Many of us paying a premium to avoid the gluten in our food are doing so without any good medical reason

MY RESPONSE:  Amen! Only from  0.02% to no more than 1% of the humans on the planet have celiac disease; and that's a provable *FACT*; and no amount of their wishing otherwise will change that. And no one who doesn't have celiac disease needs a gluten-free diet; ande equally-provable fact. 

Moreover, those who don't have it, but ridiculously claim that they feel better from a gluten-free diet, anyway, are suffering from the very suggestability on which low-life, good-for-nothing stage hypnotists (who embarrass people by making them do humiliating things on stage, once they're hypnotized) are counting. 

I could take any number of people who don't have celiac disease, but who think they feel better from a gluton-free diet, and feed half of them a diet packed with gluten, and monitor both groups for six months, and, trust me, neither group would be able to tell the difference. It's a ruse. You're all (who don't have celiac disease, but who still think you need or want or feel better from a gluten-free diet) suckers... to the last of you: willing victims of the gluten-free industry that simply found a new way to sink its hooks into people. 

The suckers will, of course, decry what I'm here writing, call me names; say I'm nuts or wrong or mean or worse...

...but the *FACTS* don't lie; and it is, again, an incontrovertible *FACT* that from only 0.02% to no more than 1% of all humans on the planet have celiac disease; and no one who *DOESN'T* have it benefits in any way from a gluten-free diet. Not in any way. None. Nada. Zilch. Period. 

One's odds of winning the lottery are better than that they either have celiac disease, or would benefit in any way from a gluten-free diet if they don't. I wish I could joke that, in fact, their odds are better of being mauled by a brown bear, a black bear, and a polar bear -- heck, let's even throw-in a Koala bear, and a Sun Bear  -- during the same third-Sunday afternoon in the month of July, while wearing a pink shirt and jumping up and down on one foot on a deserted island in Lake Michigan, but clearly their odds are better that...

...though not by very damned much. So, then, are you idiot gluten-free diet lovers who don't have celiac disease enraged yet? That's my goal, you know; in the hope that maybe -- just MAYBE -- a tiny handful of you will suddenly snap to your senses by all the high blood pressure or something. Get. A. Friggin'. Clue.

Sadly, those who don't have celiac disease, and so who don't benefit in even the slightest way from a gluton free diet, but swear by it, anyway, can't be disabused of their embarrassing lunacy because they're believers. And as Carl Sagan once wrote, as the character "Dr. Arroway" in Sagan's 1985 book "Contact":  “You can't convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, [rather] it's based on a deep seated need to believe.”

Yet, go figure: such easliy-misled and insensibly-intransigent people are allowed to vote, drive, have children, own guns, and run for office.

Yikes! [shakes head in disbelief]


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KelleyJeanBlas
KelleyJeanBlas

Its easy for some to discount this lifestyle as a fad but for those of us who have struggled with health issues for years only to find that removing processed, wheat based, dairy and sugar foods from our lives has increased our energy, overall health and FINALLY losing the weight that has plagued us for years, we are believers. This is not a fad, it is a revolution against an industry that has been lying to us and slowly killing us with their Low-Fat, FDA approved lies for years. Thank GOD for an answer that finally makes sense!!! 

ZapruderFrame313
ZapruderFrame313

These comments are proof how easy it is to fool the American public. A "Gluten Free Diet" is just another way for these companies to make an extra buck. If a person has Celiac Disease, then I can understand the possibility of adopting this diet. But how can those who do not have this disease be so sure that this new diet helps them. Bowel movements not only depend on what you eat but also your age, weight, personal hygiene, etc. For those who have children, this is no different than the vitamin scam that pediatricians try to pull off every year with trying to give kids more vitamins. The simple reality is that the American public is misinformed. Today, more people are worried about their own personal health than ever before and they're looking for new ways to become healthier. "Corporate America" knows this and understands that creating a new fad will only help their wallets. 

spammingunow
spammingunow

Ms White, I do not have celiac disease, but i eat neither gluten nor gluten free baked goods, I eat NO grains and very little seeds.  WHY do I do this?  Well, since starting this gluten-free diet, I have stopped having EXPLOSIVE DIARRHEA,  and I finally have NORMAL BOWEL MOVEMENTS  for the first time since the mid-80s.  And YES, it's worth it.

lexsongs
lexsongs

On the contrary, Ms White, there are abundant medical reasons for any and all to diminish/avoid gluten-containing grains, especially wheat. This is not a trend or a fad. This is the result of people becoming educated and aware. I highly recommend your giving the book Wheat Belly (William Davis, MD) a peek. You may just learn something about your exalted whole grains.

JudyBorawski
JudyBorawski

For me gluten free eating is not a craze.  I have Celiac Disease, a disease that was slowly killing me until I was diagnosed and was able to eliminate gluten from my diet.  I still have the side effects of not have going gluten free earlier but I know that I am much better off know than I was eight years ago.

AngieDeLongBowman
AngieDeLongBowman

As a mother with a child that has been diagnosed with Celiac disease for 5 years, the GF craze is a blessing.  5 years ago I had to travel many miles to obtain the flours and our needed gf food.  Yes, the prices are extremely high and taxed many members of our Celiac support group's wallets.  The gf craze began and my daughter is thrilled to find so many more options for her and restaurants and at the grocery store.   With big manufacturers (Pillsbury for one) start coming out with gf items, the price has come down and will continue to do so.  I say horrah gf craze!   

The author's stastics are a bit dated.  Yes, 1 in 133 was what we hear when she was diagnosed 5 years ago.  That statistic will most likely be alot higher now that doctors are testing more frequenty.  What once was diagnosed "irritable bowel" most are finding out it is Celiac disease.  5 years ago I had to demand they test her, and her pediatrician was grateful to have receive an education (Celiac doesn't always have the same symptoms).  

I believe many non-celiac's following the gf craze are probably not educated on what they should avoid. .  What it should be called is a no processed food diet.  GF processed food can have many more calories that their non-gf counterparts.  To become healthier - eat zero of any processed gf foods.  Stick to meats and veggies and skip the gf pasta.  Yes, a bit like a carb free diet?  Yes, and I think we all agree if we stay away from processed junk (and that included modified grains) we will all be a bit healthier. 

JennyK
JennyK

I know many people who went gf only to discover that their psorasis, bowel issues, headaches, joint pain, bloating, etc. went away.  It might be a 'fad' but perhaps what is really happening is the overeating of gluten filled foods is ending.  Are we really meant to eat an excess amount of gluten filled foods?

My doctor at UCSF says his studies show that 1 in 60 should be eating gf and he recommends anyone carrying the gene to go gf.  He told me I was celiac even though my blood panels showed otherwise.  If I just have a crumb of gluten I react with horrible stomach pain.  Personally I am so glad that it is a diet fad because it offers those of us required to be gf so many additional food options. 

One point the writer misses entirely is that with most families where celiac disease is present, the entire family goes gluten free to prevent contamination, etc.  So while only 1 in 133 may have celiac, if you add their families there hare many going gf.


colibriverde
colibriverde

Most people on a gluten free diet do not have celiac disease.  You're telling me you feel better- so what? Thousands of people each year also say they have been cured by going to the shrine at Lourdes, France and praying.  A gluten-free diet is not only more expensive, it is often less nutritious. In gluten-free baked goods such as bread, snacks, and desserts, the ingredients used to replace the wheat are less nutritious than wheat.  Most people are better off just eating less processed foods, but what they do instead is replace the muffins, cakes, cookies, and bread with gluten-free muffin, cakes, cookies, and bread.

Lindzey
Lindzey

Everyone who is commenting trying to defend people who ACTUALLY CANNOT eat gluten need to take a chill pill and realize the actual point of the article... 

The author is not saying that gluten-free diets are just another fad diet and that any person who says they are gluten-free is lying about actually being gluten-intolerant. The article states that '"...NPD Group finds that America is cutting gluten out of its diet...Just under one-third of 1,000 respondents agreed with the statement: “I’m trying to cut back/avoid Gluten in my diet”' THE POINT BEING that those numbers do not add up to the proposed number of people in the U.S. who suffer from Celiac Disease and actually need to follow a gluten-free diet. 

Therefore, the author proposes a THEORY that many people simply eat a gluten-free diet because they have taken notice of the rise of the gluten-free products and are naturally curious to try it, and as an added benefit, eating less gluten has caused them to feel "better," which whether it's actually due to eating less gluten or not remains to be seen. NO WHERE DOES IT STATE THAT ANYONE WHO EATS GLUTEN-FREE FOODS IS NOT AN ACTUAL CELIAC.

THE WHOLE POINT OF THE ARTICLE is just to comment on the fact that more and more manufacturers are trying to produce gluten-free products, but unknown to most people, this is very expensive and therefore gluten-free products are more expensive than their gluten counterparts. 

Another way to say it is because gluten-free products are becoming more readily available to the public TO ACCOMMODATE THOSE WHO ACTUALLY CANNOT EAT GLUTEN (more gluten-free menus, and products on shelves advertised as GF) people (yes, even those who can eat gluten) are taking more notice of it, trying it, and talking about it, therefore it looks like it is just a "trend" or a "fad" of the whole eating healthy mantra. 

I would liken it to when manufacturers started using sugar replacements, such as Splenda, in foods. So you started to see "Sweetened with Splenda" more and more on products and people naturally notice and then go ooh "sugar free! must be good for me because sugar is bad! I'll try it!" (And a fyi, Splenda wasn't approved and introduced to Americans until 1999.)

So stop arguing and complaining that no one cares about people who are gluten-free because that's not the case. And if you're truly unhappy about something THEN ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING TO CHANGE IT instead of posting on threads that aren't going to accomplish anything other than making yourself feel important. 



GFreeSweetie
GFreeSweetie

Wow. I can't believe you're calling the gluten-free lifestyle a fad, and likening it to other "trendy" diets that avoid ingredients like sugar and fat. So many people ACTUALLY CANNOT EAT GLUTEN. Your comparison really doesn't work.

DingoGirl
DingoGirl

I nearly died from advanced Celiac Disease. You all, presenting this subject so cavalierly, makes my now-calm stomach churn. Gluten has become the most difficult-to-digest polypeptide chain that exists, thanks to modification of wheat and other grains. Wondering who funded your article. American doctors, driven by money, throw drugs at everything - treating symptoms and not causes. We as a nation eat JUNK like no other country on earth - outlandish portions loaded w MSG, sugar, articial colors, flavors, fats, and chemicals....and we look to doctors to treat the increasing diseases these NON-foods are causing. SICKENING. Hateful and irresponsible article....hoping that one among you figures out that your "irritable bowel" or "scoriatic arthritis" or "chronic excema" (treated by useless steroids and creams) or infertility or migraines or.....a myriad of other things.....are caused by gluten......meanwhile color me livid.

SE15
SE15

Did Monsanto pay Martha to write this article?

patriot4evermore
patriot4evermore

Luckily, I am one of those who can eat gluten filled foods with no consequence.  I do think the next forbidden, every disease known to man causing, food fad is just around the corner, and gluten will not be such a bad thing after all, except to the relatively few who are ACTUALLY sensitive to it.  Perhaps everything in moderation is the key to eating healthier.

ssimpson
ssimpson

I am surprised that the focus of the article is on the cost of gluten free food when it could be on the cost of gluten on America.  Time Magazine has the resources to find out for all of us what the stats are on what percent ADD, ADHD, Strokes, Seizures, Migraines, IBS, Depression, Anxiety, and so on are caused by gluten intolerance.  Most of those people don't find out their symptoms are due to Gluten Intolerance until they are in their late 20s and 30s and some late into the 50s and 60s or 70s.  How much does that cost America in health care?  What are we paying in insurance premiums because people are eating gluten and they don't know they are intolerant to it?  Do you know there is a genetic test that everyone can take and it will tell you if you are gluten intolerant?  What if we all took that gluten genetic test as a kid - maybe as part of your newborn checkup - how much would that save the nation? How much heartache and pain would we be able to save people?

I am 38 and just learned I am Gluten Intolerant about 6 weeks ago.  I am a possible Celiac but still going through a lot of testing.  I can tell you that Gluten was the cause of epilepsy starting in my mid 20s, depression starting in my early 30s and severe anxiety in my mid 30s.  I thought I was going crazy until I stumbled upon this on my own and eliminated it from my diet.  My neurologist didn't believe me - said he didn't see a connection between seizures and gluten.  Now I am seizure, depression, anxiety free.  I am healing my stomach with a functional doctor and I am extremely sensitive to Gluten to the point that I need an epi-pen because I have gone into shock when I have come into contact with it.  

I hope your next article is a little more responsible and looks at the real issues instead of what you wrote here. 

JonathonWallen
JonathonWallen

Yeah, this is how we handle an obvious medical crisis:  claim it's just a diet fad.  About 3 years ago I started visiting a doctor who referred me to a specialist for various problems I was having, including severe heartburn, sharp pains, stomach cramps, etc.  Eventually it was figured out that I was gluten intolerant.  I know several people that around my same age that have also recently been told the same thing by their doctors, eliminating gluten in the diet gets the person feeling healthy again.  WTF is really going on!?

Hadrewsky
Hadrewsky

Also I must say.... Genetically modifying Wheat so that it grows faster in poorer soil with more nutrition is not some evil damn conspiracy.


I thing GM crops should be tested for 5-10 years before being allowed on the market but genetically modifying our food supply will give us the chance to improve upon nature in ways that may keep us fed for another 200 years. Genetic Tech is part of your future.

Cynthia1968
Cynthia1968

I have been having medical problems for a while, including trouble losing weight and my doctor couldn't find the source. After we both read "Wheat Belly" by Dr. William Davis, she suggested that I get away from genetically modified wheat and see how I felt. After 10 days, I feel wonderful. I do not eat gluten free processed foods and packaged foods, but have started a whole food diet of mainly fruits and vegetables with meat and a small amount of dairy. After over two weeks, I attempted to eat 1/2 a slice of pizza as I was out with nothing else available. I was ill within 15 minutes. Stomach cramps, gas, diarrhea, I felt awful. Never again will I eat wheat. I have also cut out corn and soy as they are becoming genetically modified as well. If we aren't going to make sure our foods are safe to eat, I'm not going to eat them. Stick to organic and you will see a big difference!

mase
mase

The damaging effect is not on the cost, gluten free diet is just a new marketing device to sell a product.  The damaging effect is on the health of people who intentionally avoid a health source of carbohydrates(wheat), vitamin b12 and fiber.  What products are a large source of fiber and ironically those individuals will be in the long run most likely doing their stomach more harm.  It's not logical that somehow what products magically changed and now cause systemic health problems for a huge portion of the population.   


Only about 300,000 Americans are effected by Celiac's disease and if you think you have it, you can simply ask your doctor to order a blood test. If you purposefully avoid wheat products your just damaging your health and wasting your money.  The way people consider health is absolutely absurd, they will avoid eating a healthy diet, exercise little, practice poor health hygiene and complain about energy, spend excessive amount of money on "vitamin c energy mixes" which in no way is it scientifically possible that vitamin c boosts your energy, worry about being exposed to environmental toxins but indulge themselves with alcohol, tobacco and purchase vitamins with 100 times the rda limit and questionable herbs.   If you have health problems, form a health diet, learn to make meals, do strength exercises/cardiovascular exercise 3-5 times a week, reduce sources of stress and if you have brain fog or sleeping issues, than get a sleep study along with common blood test and testing for nutritional deficiencies.  Your just harming your health in the long run by avoiding wheat, self-diagnosing yourself with a rare autoimmune disease and appearing foolish.

ericajohnson
ericajohnson

@AliciaHerzing  The ignorance of your comment is remarkable. You don't seem to have been diagnosed with an intolerance but think you feel better, which the article addressed. Then you said gluten is a man made product. It is nothing of the sort. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley - you know, foods that come from the ground. The ones you said we should be eating. Your children aren't going to have gluten issues unless they're part of the 1% of Americans who do, which is highly unlikely. People have been eating gluten forever - it isn't something new that's causing health issues.

pgolgi
pgolgi

@DesElms  


- please if you would be so kind, provide the source that states that celiac disease has a frequency as low as 0,02%. 

- I think before raining down on people incompassionately your "medical insight" you must have read a lot of scientific / medical books. Can you name a few? 

- what is the research behind your "facts" that people withouth celiac disaese will not benefit from a gluten free diet.

- I suspect by the condescending tone you are not really using scientific reasoning, or have a medical background.

- it is sad, that people who are struggling with their quality of everyday life and fighting hard to make changes in the world that are so hard to implement have to deal with aggresive attidutes like that which you present.

- "One's odds of winning the lottery are better than that they either have celiac disease" 

I guess you should play the lottery if you think the chance of winning it is 0,02-1%, you could be a millionair by now. Or wait are you already?

- your idea of a research projects is not really worthwhile if you've already told us the answer (duh!).

- in the end I would like to say this about you: "You can't convince a believer of anything, for their belief is not based on evidence"

spammingunow
spammingunow

OH yes,, in addition,my headaches, skin rashes, arthritis pain, brain fog went away.  Plus I lot a ton of weight without ever feeling hungry, but the normal bowel movements are the best side effect of the GLUTEN-FREE CRAZE!!!   See you in the ladies room, maybe .. but then again, probably not.


DesElms
DesElms

@JudyBorawski | If true (and I'm not doubting you, but my statistical training requires me to begin the sentence that way) then you're one of the only from 0.02% to no more than 1% of the people on the planet who actually *HAVE* celiac disease; and so, then, you actually *DO* need a gluten-free diet. I'm sorry to hear that, by the way.

With statistical odds like that going on in your life, you should buy lottery tickets more often. [grin]

But seriously, good luck to you. I'm glad to read that a gluten-free diet is helping you; and I'm sorry you didn't get help sooner. May whatever effects that still linger subside; and may you feel better, and live a generally consequence-free and happier life.



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DesElms
DesElms

@GFreeSweetie  wrote: So many people ACTUALLY CANNOT EAT GLUTEN.

MY RESPONSE:  Bull! Almost no one can't eat gluten. Read the studies; the statistics. From as few as 0.02% to no more than 1% of all humans on earth actually have celiac disease; and *ONLY* those who have celiac disease can't eat gluten. For the entire rest of the world which doesn't have celiac disease, the gluten-free "lifestyle" is, in fact, a fad; unnecessary; ridiculous.  

Even if those studies are 100% wrong, then, fine: from 0.04% to no more than 2% of all humans on the earth actually have cliac disease and so can't eat gluten. One's odds of having it are still worse than winning the lottery.

Unless you have celiac disease, @GFreeSweetie, then you have been sucked-in -- verily duped -- by a non-sensical (except, of course, for those who actually *HAVE* celiac disease) gluten-free marketing campaign designed to both separate such as you from your money, and cause such as you to come into places like this an embarrass yourselves defending unnecessary gluten-free "lifestyles."

Wake-up. You've been scammed; and now you're also scamming. Stop it.


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DesElms
DesElms

@DingoGirl, no, they're caused by gluten *ONLY* in those who have celiac disease.  Don't play fast and loose with the facts. If you have celiac disease, then you are one of the only 0.02% (that's two one-hundredths of one percent) to no more than 1% of all the humans on earth who actually have it; and, if so, then, yes, you need to be on a gluten-free diet. Most people, clearly, do not. And so none of what you described is even capable of being manifested in any of them.

The article does not say that such as you don't need to be on gluten-free diets. The article could not be more clear, and so I'm wondering if celiac disease also keeps people from comprehending simple Time Magazine articles. It clearly states that while those who really and truly *DO* have celiac disease really and truly *DO* need to be on a gluten-free diet; absolutely no one else does. No one. Ann all their, or your, wishing otherwise won't change that.

Please, also, stop spreading mere folklore as medical fact, like you did in your final sentence. That kind of disingenuousness colors *ME* livid!


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Gregg L. DesElms
Napa, California USA
gregg at greggdeselms dot com

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DingoGirl
DingoGirl

Try living as a Celiac very near death from acute malabsorption and then give an opinion on this. You know not of what you speak.

CeliacCatRants
CeliacCatRants

@JonathonWallen Apparently the medical community still thinks Celiac Disease is rare...how wrong they are. Gluten Intolerance is possibly  more insidious because it can't be tested for. So people WITHOUT FAIL need to have the Celiac Testing done BEFORE gluten intolerance can be dealt with by going gluten free. If not, they risk negative results for Celiac. My opinion is such that we have such weakened immune systems because of the way our food has been grown and modified and now our systems can't break down the gluten molecule. Read about Dr. Alesso Fasano at the University of Maryland...he's the king pin on this subject.

DingoGirl
DingoGirl

Wow. Genetically-modified wheat is what actually CAUSED Celiac Disease. At least double the amount of gluten, the most difficult-to-digest polypeptide chain that exists....with injurious cause and not a bit more nutritional value. Please get your facts straight....Einkorn wheat is the only "nutritious" wheat....and even Celiacs cannot eat that. Pffftttt.

CeliacCatRants
CeliacCatRants

@Hadrewsky According to leaders in research about Gluten Sensitivities of all sorts, our bodies can not process foods properly that have been modified - for HUNDREDS OF YEARS - whether the modification is 'deep' modification as in scientifically changed to natural modification. So we're eating all sorts of things we can process properly. Why add to it by adding new modifications when we aren't processing the old?


DingoGirl
DingoGirl

OH MY GOD YOU ARE A COMPLETE, NON-NFORMED EEJIT !!!!!

CeliacCatRants
CeliacCatRants

@mase I'm glad you're not my doctor. I can only say that you're completely wrong if you buy in to the 'wheat is ok' syndrome. Check Dr. Alesso Fasano - Univesity of Maryland...you might kick the wheat habit yourself

mase
mase

wheat***

nsaint4
nsaint4

Some businesses may be using it as a marketing device but you can't write off a diet that has made thousands of people feel better by using that statement. There are grains out there that are much more nutrient dense than GM wheat.

sparky2020
sparky2020

@mase Actually, your stats aren't' quite right. approx. 300,000 people have been tested and found that they have Celiac Disease. The numbers are skewed because only 1 in 133 are found to have Celiac. The truth is, most people aren't diagnosed and if they are, it's very late in the game. Most doctors have NO CLUE about Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance. Google Dr. Alesso Fasano - a leading pioneer in the field of Celiac Disease and autoimmune disease. If you want to comment, you should know the facts.

It's also been found through testing that many people with supposed 'healthy intestine', once injected with wheat gluten (to the intestinal tract) are coming up with a Celiac reaction. So doctors like Fasano - are on the cusp of many discoveries regarding autoimmune disease, gluten intolerance and Celiac Disease.

Also, many people who are 'undiagnosed' are simply too ill to exercise and find it much easier to take supplements to try to keep them alive. 

Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance (which can't be tested for) are NOT RARE. In fact, scientists are saying that it could be as high as 1 in 20 people...as of now, 1 - 133 and going up fast.

I'm also not clear on why you think wheat is good for you. It's a grain...there's plenty of grains out there. There are plenty of supplements out there. Quinoa, rice, Millet and tons more. Many Gluten free breads and pastas today are made with rice flour and high protein bean flours as well. 

If you feel better, and are not getting a good response from doctors - do what's right for you...PERIOD.

I know. I went 40 YEARS, at the point of suicide, chronic pain, symptoms exactly like multiple sclerosis...and had to FIGHT to get tested for Celiac. I've been gluten free for 10 years and still fighting to get well. 

So it's not that simple mase.

Poochi
Poochi

@ericajohnson @AliciaHerzing Actually, the gluten manufactured today IS indeed enhanced by man made chemicals.  Back during the "dustbowl" days, scientist were brought in to develop a way to make the gluten products we were growing, more plentiful and abundant and sturdier to the elements that were causing their demise.  Those "enhancements" are what so many people are now having difficulties with. Even people who test negative for gluten allergies, still have adverse reactions to gluten, so choose to eliminate or at least cut back on their gluten intake.  Justifiably, gluten is indeed a real issue for more than 1% of the population.  

pgolgi
pgolgi

@DesElms @DingoGirl  


@DesElms @DingoGirl  


The Celiac disease frequency is actually something close 1 in 130 in the United States and 1 in a 100 in the UK. This is solid research results which is widely accepted. And this is only the flat out, obvious manifestation of gluten intolerance seen in the intestine. 


It does not include the people who are feeling symptoms from gluten, but don't have a proven intestinal damage in endoscopy and microscopy. This does not however, exclude them being affected by gluten in how they feel. 

But if I want to use a clear cut medical argument, one proof for this, is other widely accepted gluten related diseases such as neurological diseases, skin diseases have been associated with gluten consumption in a way similar to celiac disease.


And if you believe that medicine is crude like that, than sorry to dissapoint you. Medicine is going far beyond nowadays, and research is constantly finding out new things. It is not all so clear cut how you would want to see other people. Your statements are just showing how closed minded you are. 


So now why are you here? if you believe so firmly that gluten does not affect you, why tell other people that what they have felt about their bodies is wrong. Don't you think that's arrogant on your part? It is actually more, it is mean.



SelectiveImage
SelectiveImage

@DingoGirl I'm in the same boat. Severely malnutritioned, multiple surgeries (obstructions in the bowel with no known cause, hysterectomy, migraines, chronic pain, and a host of other issues - all because the medical system and food and drug companies can't OR WON'T take this seriously. They can stick it where the gluten hits home!

JonathonWallen
JonathonWallen

@CeliacCatRants @JonathonWallen I live in a rural area where there are a bunch of small towns that dot the area.  It takes an hour to get to the nearest city.  It's getting so bad that even small pizza joints around here are now offering gluten-free crusts.  All the grocery stores now have gluten free sections with quite a selection.  If there are that many people here where gluten free foods are in such a high demand, I can only imagine what it is like in the larger cities.  Every time I have to explain to someone I can't eat something they almost always remark that they know what I'm talking about and they know someone else that has the same problem.  I really doubt there are that many people that are on this diet because it's a fad.  Everyone I know of is doing it because they really have a problem or they are in the process of checking to see if they have a problem.  Right now I have a friend that is in his mid 30's that is going to a doctor for multiple issues (some of which were similar to mine)...they don't know what is wrong with him, and he told me he hopes that it isn't the same thing I have wrong with me.  I told him that I wouldn't be surprised because I went through the same thing.  They test you for everything under the sun and eventually you find a doctor that knows about gluten intolerance and celiac disease that gives you the bad/good news.

JustInCas3
JustInCas3

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder. I'm not sure what your next few sentences actually mean. Polypeptides are essentially proteins (chains of amino acids), that's it. Digestion of complex proteins is beneficial to the body and in many cases speeds up your metabolism. Wheat is a great source of protein, as well as several other important chemical elements. Placebo effects are very real, and until there is well documented double-blind experiments supporting a lot of the claims I have read on these message pages, it's non-scientific hearsay.

Hadrewsky
Hadrewsky

@CeliacCatRants @Hadrewsky 


THEN FIX IT!

Genetic engineering is hardly worth passing up because of a few bible thumpers and extremists.... CAREFUL modifications of even the human genome are fine by me/

SE15
SE15

@Hadrewsky @Cynthia1968 Then by all means eat all the wheat products those of us with Celiac disease and wheat intolerance now avoid.  Please do.

CeliacCatRants
CeliacCatRants

@Hadrewsky @Cynthia1968 Hadrewsky - organic foods are not necessarily healthier, just free from the majority of pesticides etc. However, if you're already immune comprised, why add to the problem - Read about Zonulin and the tight junctions that are opened because of it. Google Dr. Alesso Fasano and Zonulin


CeliacCatRants
CeliacCatRants

@mase Gluten Free isn't healthy either. Most store bought items are full of carbs and we know carbs andsugars etc. However, people who are committed to feeling better, find a world of difference by eliminating wheat. I've been Celiac (diagnosed) for 10 years. I can only say that eating GF saved my life. It kept me full instead of trying to adopt a diet of fruits and veggies only. I gave up meat 10 years ago - (read about Meat Glue)...so my choices are limited. Because people with compromised immune systems can't fight off toxins, is one good reason to go off wheat and eat organics. We are what we eat. Down to the microbe.


mase
mase

I am not doubting the disease or the impact it has on people and I am glad your diet has improved your health.  I am stating that celiac disease does exist and gluten intolerance most likely exists, although I suspect the majority of people who believed they had gluten intolerance and began dieting, most likely started to feel better because they were eating better and being more attentive to their health.

The point is that as a national fad to purposefully avoid wheat products is not helpful if it involves not consuming what products(which I mean pasta,breads,et cetera) or if a consumer purchases non--gluten products which are as healthy and they don't have the disease, they're just wasting their money.

applejackson75
applejackson75

@Poochi: Nope. Do more, verifiable research.

@AliciaHerzing: Wow. Your post is hilariously misinformed, hypocritical, and loaded with evidence of placebic results from your gluten free diet (which I HIGHLY suspect is not truly gluten free). I love how you buy into the gluten hysteria, but don't believe in other ailments. Lots of daytime television watching in your schedule?

SelectiveImage
SelectiveImage

@Hadrewsky @CeliacCatRants You might want to work for Monsanto...but if you do, you might end up on the wrong end of the food chain. People worldwide aren't buying into this

Hadrewsky
Hadrewsky

@CeliacCatRants


FAIR POINT!

I'll admit to things i overlook and you sir have a point.... Id go further and state that your issues can be solved with genetic engineering

but when a fair point is made I am man enough to admit it

nsaint4
nsaint4

@mase "what products(which I mean pasta,breads,et cetera) or if a consumer purchases non--gluten products which are as healthy and they don't have the disease, they're just wasting their money."

What? That doesn't even make sense.  What are trying to say here?  It is not a waste to purchase foods that are naturally gluten free and nutritious no matter how you look at it--period.  What is your argument?  It could be that people are feeling better because they are eating better.  What does it matter as long as they are getting what they need nutritionally?  Encouraging the consumption of something that has clearly had devastating effects is stupid when you can get the vitamins that you need from other cheap foods.