Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease which affects a small amount of the population and is triggered by consuming gluten-based foods and harms the immune system as well as the small intestine.
Not For Everyone
Gluten-free diets are absolutely necessary for those with Celiac disease, although gluten-free diets have continued to rise as the trend continues to spread under the notion that all gluten-free products, as well as diets, are healthier and overall better for the body.
Researchers, nutritionists, as well as health professionals, have spoken up about gluten-free diets and their effects on those without Celiac disease. Increased risks of obesity, type 2 diabetes and more have been noted and studied as a lack of gluten may be a factor. While many stores are marketing and selling gluten-free products as better and healthier eating alternatives, researchers warn about the lack of the protein known as gluten in those without Celiac disease. Research experts have also said that the trend of gluten-free diets continues to rise for many reasons.
A statement from a study at Rutgers University said: "First, the public perception is that gluten-free diets are healthier and may provide benefits to nonspecific gastrointestinal symptoms."
Researchers continue to be troubled by gluten-free diets, saying that the lack of gluten consumed by those without Celiac disease can lead to countless health issues such as increased blood pressure as well as elevated mercury and arsenic in the body. Other studies have also suggested that avoiding gluten may actually increase obesity risks as a result of a lack of protein and increased body fat due to the lack of protein in gluten-free consumables.
Dr. Geng Zong, a Harvard researcher, said: "People without Celiac disease may reconsider limiting their gluten intake for chronic disease prevention, especially for diabetes."
For those without Celiac disease, gluten-free diets provide no benefits and may only result in further harm towards the body.