Look Who's Going Gluten Free

An article I read today on NPR. 


A survey by the market research group Packaged Facts finds that consumers have all sorts of motivations for experimenting with gluten-free diets. Some say they think it will help them shed a few pounds. They figure if they’re giving up wheat, they’re cutting carbs. But it usually doesn’t work this way.

Leffler’s research is finding that often times, people gain weight on gluten-free diets. Sometimes, if people are giving up pizza, they’ll compensate by eating something extra — say, ice cream. “It’s a common coping strategy,” says Leffler.

”I think there’s a perception that gluten-free equals health,” Leffler told me. “It’s just not the case.” Just because there’s no gluten in a food doesn’t mean it’s not loaded with calories, fat and sugar.

So his advice? If you think your body isn’t tolerating gluten, get tested for celiac disease. Or try a gluten-free diet.
— http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/10/17/141359188/look-whos-going-gluten-free