The gluten-free trend may seem like a positive but a new study from the University of Minnesota claims that young people who go gluten-free might have better diets but are also more likely to have poor body image, purge and even smoke.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork explains if you have celiac disease or a gluten allergy, you should eat this way. However, a lot of people are gluten-free that don’t need to be. The good in this is that people who go gluten-free are four to seven times more likely to value locally grown, healthy, and organic foods. Healthy eating overall is good. But there is a downside.
There is a three times higher rate of engaging in unhealthy weight-control behaviors like smoking, using diet pills and having eating disorders. Dr. Travis brings up the health halo, the belief that eating gluten-free is healthy and you are a healthier person just by doing so.
OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry points out that gluten-free foods frequently contain more saturated fat, sugar and salt than regular foods and less fiber and protein. Something isn’t healthy just because it says it’s gluten-free. “Gluten-free does not equal healthy although you can be gluten-free and healthy, but the two are not synonymous,” Dr. Nita says, concluding the discussion.