Is the Gluten-Free Diet Just a Fad?

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.

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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.

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2 responses to “Is the Gluten-Free Diet Just a Fad?

  1. Ali

    I think gluten-free diets are here to stay.

    I have not been diagnosed with celiac and I have no obvious symptoms or intolerances, but I have done plenty of my own research and have decided grains (especially gluten-containing grains) are more trouble than they’re worth.

    Avoiding gluten, and even manufactured dairy products, is inevitable for anyone who commits to a diet consisting of whole, real, minimally processed foods.

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