The $4.2 Billion Gluten-Free Scam: You’re Paying Too Much for Gluten Free Food

June 10, 2014 6:45 PM

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There is a legitimate reason to eat gluten free. That reason is if you have Celiac disease, where eating gluten can be a life threatening endeavor. If you think you might be gluten intolerant in any way, it’s important to make an appointment to visit your doctor to find out. Your doctor can test you so you know for sure, and you can make the appropriate dietary changes needed. For those who truly do need to avoid gluten products, there are a number of ways to save money on them. For the other 99%+ of us, gluten free food is a marketing ploy to get you to spend extra money on something that you think is healthier than it probably is. And we’re doing so to the tune of $4.2 billion a year as a nation.

The vast majority of people don’t need to go gluten free. That’s not to say some people could benefit from reducing or limiting the amount of gluten in their diet (especially white flour) if they’re consuming it in excess. For the majority of us, however, having gluten in our diet is perfectly healt...

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