I watched this video earlier today, Is a Gluten-Free Diet Bad for You?, in an attempt to find an answer to my life back on gluten. It’s been Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday having been back on a g-full diet, and I don’t know how I feel about it. I mean, I was off all wheat, barley, rye products for 40 days and 40 nights. And then all of sudden I dove into a basket of bread, burgers, and pizza. Probably not the best idea.
So then what’s the deal? Is a gluten-free diet bad for you if you’re not actually allergic to the protein? I still haven’t found any conclusive evidence, just opinion after opinion. In the video, Dr. Peter Green of Columbia University, the so called “expert” of the gluten phenomenon, was asked by the reporter if there are any benefits to someone who doesn’t have celiacs. His answer, “Not that I’m aware of.” In fact, he goes on to say, “A gluten-free diet is not entirely healthy. Often it lacks fiber and the manufacturers of wheat flour fortify it with vitamins.”
Although I can see where Dr. Green is coming from, I believe that you can be g-free and still maintain a healthy diet. If you’re aware of the vitamins you are missing out on, why not take a supplement or just get your daily dosage of fruits and vegetables? Either way, I have been evaluating my diet and do thing I’ll be making some changes. Whether I cut out gluten or meat for a few days a week is still up for debate, but I think totally necessary. Isn’t everything always better in moderation?
What kinds of things do you cut out from your diet to be healthy? Do you think it’s unhealthy to be g-free and not actually have a gluten intolerance?