Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Medical Corner: Gluten Free Diets

From the moment we all heard of how Miley Cyrus lost weight while being on a gluten free diet it began to be a fad with the world of weight loss. I even tweeted about wanting to go on a gluten free diet last week but I have done some research and spoke to some doctors about this new fad and I wanted to share with you all some of the things I learned.


First of all, what is gluten?
Gluten is a protein composite that is in foods mainly processed from wheat. It is what gives rise and keeps the breads shape. So as you can tell from now that consist of most of your breads, pasta, and things you eat on a regular daily food intake. 

So, who should REALLY be on a gluten free diet?
From the conversations I have had with a few doctors they all say the same thing. NO BENEFITS HAVE BEEN FOUND for people who are on a gluten free diet that do not have celiac diease (a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten.) People who have celiac diease and eat gluten can have symptoms of diarrhea and fatigue. Some cases have been found that people who are gluten free diets and do not have celiac diease can cause weight gain and nutritional dysfunctions. 

Overall, gluten free diets are for people who have celiac diease but like every other fad most people will  not pay attention to the FACTS and just go into these diets because "Miley Cyrus" looks "so thin/fit". But what I wanted to bring you guys the facts and truths about gluten free diets and I hope that you take some information from this post with you. Remember NO BENEFITS HAVE BEEN FOUND UNLESS YOU HAVE CELIAC DIEASE and gluten free products can be quite EXPENSIVE.

One thing I always tell everyone is "If you want to loose weight and be healthy, do it the best way that works by exercising and eating right!"

2 comments:

  1. Miley Cyrus has always been thin though. I saw Kim Kardashian tweet about it, but she probably got paid to. I never really like diet fads anyway. Thanks for the info bc I keep hearing people talk about it all the time!

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    1. True, Kim gets paid to breathe haha!

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Thanks for rambling with me :)