Gluten-Free is a fad some would say. It just seemed to pop up overnight. Gluten-Free “this” and Gluten-Free “that” but those with Celiac disease and other digestive intolerances wouldn’t call it a trend. Celiac disease is an autoimmune (digestive) disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food. People who suffer cannot tolerate gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is generally found in food but can also be found in medicine and health and beauty products
According to Celiac Disease Foundation, Celiac disease is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. Some people are never diagnosed or it can take years for a correct diagnosis. Research suggests that you can develop digestive issues at any age.
The idea that it is a fad comes from the people who don’t have to watch what they eat or buy for health reasons. Celiac disease can lead to several long-term health concerns if untreated or undiagnosed.
The reason it seems like a fad to the outside world is because it’s getting the attention and recognition as serious disease:
- Doctors are being educated on Celiac disease symptoms and diagnosing.
- Food manufactures are making Gluten-Free products or clearly marking products that were always Gluten-Free.
- Gluten-Free sales are expected to be $5 billion in sales by 2015
- Restaurants don’t want to lose out on business. May restaurants have Gluten-Free menus and the chefs are knowledgeable about how the food should be prepared.
To all those naysayers, Celiac disease is not a fad and Gluten-Free is here to stay.
Any thoughts? Are you on a gluten-free diet for health reasons? Do you consider it a diet or lifestyle?