According to Judith Rodriguez, Ph.D., R.D., Chair and Professor of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Brooks College of Health it is. I attended the annual Us Group Luncheon at UNF today and the keynote speaker was Dr. Rodriguez, she is also the author of The Diet Selector.
The theme of her talk was proper diet and proportions and how fad diets don’t work unless they:
- are long term changes
- incorporate exercise
- don’t rely on one food item (for example: grapefruit diet, cabbage soup diet, etc.)
- are realistic (for example- you don’t have to purchase special meal plans or shakes)
- don’t promise extreme changes (for example: doesn’t promise to help you loose 10 pounds in a week)
- don’t rely on pills (I don’t think vitamins count)
When I asked about gluten-free as a diet choice for those without celiac or gluten intolerance she stated (not word for word):
The gluten-free diet fad has been around for a while. We are going to start seeing dairy-free as the new fad diet to replace the gluten-free diet. The only real benefit of gluten-free (for those without gluten-sensitivities) is it causes people to reduce their carbohydrate intake, and we eat too many carbohydrates.
I am not so sure I agree with her that the gluten-free fad diet is over. New gluten-free items are constantly popping up at my grocery store. I am sure the food companies making millions on their gluten-free food items would tell us differently as well.. However, as someone who is also dairy-free I am excited that we may start seeing an even further increase in dairy-free items.