Gluten-free diets are better for everyone
With restaurants offering special menus, grocery stores devoting entire sections to foods free of rye, wheat, and barley, and celebrities boasting about how amazing they feel on a gluten-free diet, it’s easier and more tempting than ever to cut gluten from your plate. But should everyone do it?
“No, a gluten-free diet is not better for everyone,” says Dr. Leonard. “We have no evidence to suggest that everyone should eliminate gluten from their diet.”
She maintains that only patients who’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or an allergy to wheat by a gastroenterologist should adopt this diet.
“The majority of individuals can eat gluten and not have any ill effects,” she says, adding that all foods should be eaten in moderation.