A lot of people these days are avoiding gluten or are choosing "gluten-free" products simply because they think these products are healthy. But a recent research has shown that these people also have unhealthy habits like smoking or vomiting to lose weight. Gluten-free diets are medically advised for people suffering from the digestive condition coeliac disease, but other people don't really need them.
“I have concerns about the increasing number of people who perceive that eating a gluten-free diet is a healthier way to eat. Of particular concern is the higher risk for those engaging in unhealthy weight control practices for perceiving a gluten-free diet as important, given that eating gluten-free may be viewed as a ‘socially acceptable way’ to restrict intake that may not be beneficial for overall health,” said the lead researcher.
“If there is a need for eating gluten-free, then it is important to avoid foods with gluten. Otherwise, a dietary pattern that includes a variety of foods, with a large emphasis on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, is recommended for optimal health,” she added. “The health halo effect can have unintended consequences on eating habits, such as people over-consuming because they believe they have chosen a healthier product,” she continued.
“Young adults should be advised that eating gluten-free products may not improve weight or health,” she said. “The promotion of gluten-free diets among people without coeliac disease should not be encouraged,” she concluded.