Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A Good Read: Newsweek Article about GF Diet

Check out this Newsweek article about the Gluten Free Diet. Although only approximately 3 million Americans have Celiac Disease and are thus required to eat GF, 15 to 30 million Americans are buying Gluten Free products. The article states that $2 billion worth of GF products were purchased in the last year by people with Celiac, ADHD, Autism, pregnant women and other food allergies. Heck, even Oprah went on a 21-day GF cleansing this past summer. We've all heard about Jenny McCarthy and her autistic son going GF with good results.

Are these people good or bad for those of us who are medically required to eat GF? There is no medical proof to my knowledge about the benefits of eating GF for anything other than Celiac. On one hand, they are helping to drive the market for GF products with increased demand. This means there will be more available. On the other hand, with most diet fads in America, this too may fizzle out and once those extra GF folks leave so will the manufacturers, right? Only time will tell. For now, I will enjoy the new products coming to market and hope they stay around (the good ones at least)!

Hopefully all this attention (good or bad) will kick the FDA/USDA in the pants as well!

3 comments:

Zach said...

Sure Foods Living Blog Post

http://surefoodsliving.com/2008/12/05/is-the-gluten-free-diet-torture/

springsandra said...

I can't imagine that it's a bad thing that people are beginning to understand what gluten is and advantages to a GF diet. For those for whom GF is a way of life, the more people who understand and are aware, the more opportunities there will be for those with no choice but to be GF. The more I talk to people about it, the more I hear their surprise about it. Just recently, though, I'm starting to hear people telling tales of others they know who are GF. I think it's a good thing.

Plus, how else would I have found your blog? :)

Zach said...

http://cbs11tv.com/health/gluten.free.diet.2.878027.html

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