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A New Study Explains Why Eating Gluten Free Isn't As Healthy As You Think

By Brian Spaen

Gluten-free diets are on the rise, but the popular trend may be worth doing a little more investigating before determining if it’s right for you. A team of scientists from Harvard and Columbia University have warned that only a very small portion of the population needs to be on the diet, and research shows that heart problems could arise if people go out of their away to avoid gluten.

Whole-grain foods generally contain gluten and are usually found in bread, cereal, pasta, crackers, and other baked products. Over the recent years, there’s been a building image that this gluten is bad for overall health. Grocery stores and restaurants have been pushing their gluten-free products to attract these consumers. People can find specific aisles that just include gluten-free food, and restaurants will generally mark their items with a notation indicating that whole grains are not included.

For some that suffer from celiac disease, avoiding gluten is a necessity. The disease is autoimmune and can prevent the absorption of nutrients. This can cause fertility problems, osteoporosis, frequent diarrhea, bloating, and more. It’s an issue that needs to be diagnosed and it affects one percent of the population.