Is Gluten-free Diet Healthier than Other Diets?

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I am not a dietitian or a nutritionist, but like most of you, I am really interested in eating healthy. I am one of those people who believe that healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. For me, eating healthy is about feeling great, having more energy, improving your outlook, and stabilizing your mood.

My stepson has celiac disease, so for medical reasons he only consumes gluten-free products. Several years ago, it was difficult to find gluten-free products in grocery stores or cook/bake from scratch. Often, we were forced to buy food items for him in specialized stores. 
But, things have changed enormously over the last 2-5 years. Now, we can find a variety of gluten-free products in most grocery stores, and many of these products taste good. Even the most popular pasta brands such as Catelli, Italpasta and Barilla are now producing excellent gluten-free pasta (often a combination of rice, corn and even quinoa); I mean pasta that really tastes like pasta.

Of course, we are very happy that more and more food stores are stocking gluten-free products. However, we have noticed that many people who reach for gluten-free products don't actually have celiac disease or are sensitive to wheat. I find this interesting because although things have improved significantly over the last 5 years or so, there are still many gluten-free products that don't taste as good as those that incorporate gluten.

"In 2014, sales of gluten-free products reached £184m, up 15% from 2013.
A report by Mintel found 15% of households were avoiding gluten and wheat – more than half because they believed it was part of a healthy diet. One in 10 new food products launched in 2014 were gluten-free; nearly double what it was two years ago" (Gluten-free: health fad or life-saving diet?)


So, many people are adopting a gluten-free diet because they believe that is a healthier diet. But, is this really true? Is gluten-free diet healthier than other diets? Clearly, people who have celiac disease need to have a gluten-free diet, but what about the others?
Photo obtained from http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/01/will-a-gluten-free-diet-really-make-you-healthier/index.htm

According to an article prepared by ConsumerReport.org, these are 6 truths about a gluten-free diet that people who adopt this diet need to know. I have listed the 6 truths presented in this article below, but I highly recommend the you read the whole article (click here to read it) for more information about the topic.

6 Truths About a Gluten-free Diet that You need to Know


1. A gluten-free diet is not more nutritious.

2. You will probably increase your exposure to arsenic by following a gluten-free     diet.

3. You might gain weight.

4. You will pay more.

5. You might miss a serious health condition.

6. You might still be eating gluten anyway.


I guess, my question is what do you think about these 6 truths? I know for sure that gluten-free products tend to be expensive and do not always taste good. But, I am not completely certain about the other "truths" presented in this article. 

What do you think about these 6 truths regarding a gluten-free diet? Have you adopted a gluten-free diet? If yes, why? If not, why not?



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