Should I Eat A Gluten-Free Diet?

Where does one draw the line between health and hype? Gluten has long been the scapegoat for many illnesses, diseases, and maladies. While people with certain diseases like Celiac Disease clearly need a gluten-free diet, it can be difficult to weed out the actual benefits of a gluten-free diet from the plethora of faddish resources and unscientific promises that many gluten-free blogs and other media sources make. To provide a little balance to the mayhem, our team at Anaheim Regional Medical Center hopes the following information can shed a little light on your decision.

Celiac Disease vs. Gluten Intolerance or Sensitivity

Celebrities and other household names have made gluten-free a lifestyle for many who may not necessarily be benefiting from the switch. While going gluten-free can push people to eat less processed foods and consume healthier options, it can also surprise the average consumer with weight gain from gluten-free alternative products. The gluten-free logo will not absolve a health foods store brownie mix of its sugary carb-filled decadence.

One group the gluten-free hype has tremendously benefited is the percentage of people who actually do suffer from Celiac Disease, a disease in which gluten causes damage to villi, tissues that aid in digestion.

Some symptoms of Celiac Disease can include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Pale Stool
  • Weight Loss
  • Fatigue
  • Behavioral Issues & Irritability
  • Enamel Defects

Those without Celiac Disease may experience some of these symptoms as well, but only be suffering from gluten sensitivity or intolerance. To determine if you are gluten intolerant, a blood test can be performed.

Food For Thought: Before Going Gluten-Free

The first thing to do before going gluten-free is to make sure you actually need to go gluten-free. Whole grains provide necessary nutrients to your body, and you could suffer other health problems from giving up gluten without the experienced guidance of a dietician. If you are suffering from gluten consumption, seek out help from a medical expert in nutrition or dietary issues so you can be sure you are getting all the nutrients you need.

Here is some gluten-free food for thought:

  • It is not necessary to give up gluten for a healthy lifestyle.
  • A doctor can help you determine if you have Celiac.
  • Going gluten-free does not mean you will lose weight.
  • A registered dietician is crucial in balancing your gluten-free diet.

If you are looking at going gluten-free, don’t treat it as a fad. Do the research and get the medical advice necessary to make sure avoiding gluten is the best thing for your body. If it is the best thing for your body, make sure you get help from a dietician who can make sure your body is receiving necessary nutrients.

For more information on gluten-free diets, Celiac, and gluten intolerance, or to ask about an appointment with a doctor, contact us We are dedicated to your well-being.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

Categories: Wellness, Nutrition