Sales of Gluten-free products reached $97.3 million in 2014 and are projected to grow to $2.34 billion in 2019, according to the Packaged Facts, a market research publisher.
But Why? Has Gluten-Free living become the new fad diet?
Americans that have Celiac disease remained stable from 2009 through 2014 at about 2.7 million of the population. Although marketers for gluten free products are reporting about 40 million consumers.
I think we can answer our question above, “that a Gluten-free diet has become the new fad for weight loss”. But it’s probably not a good thing.
The people that benefit from a gluten-free diet are those with celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which ingesting gluten causes issues such as intestinal damage, anemia, and fatigue. Once the gluten is removed those afflicted improve in symptoms and their intestinal tracts heal.
The others with non-celiac gluten sensitivity or wheat allergy also experience a range of symptoms including brain fog, joint pain and bloating when they ingest gluten. Seven percent of Americans or 18 million people fall into this vague category, due to an inefficient understanding of immune response.
Now let’s look at the rest of Americans that do not have celiac nor a sensitivity to gluten or wheat. In a small study published in Gut Microbes, found that one-month of a gluten-free diet may hurt gut flora and immune function, potentially precipitating an overgrowth of harmful intestinal bacteria for those on a gluten-free diet that do not have celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or a wheat allergy.
So the next time you start to pick up a Gluten Free item in your local grocery stored. Think twice.
For more information on Gluten Free Living, look up a book by Dr. Michael Greger “How Not to Die.” (2)
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