Gut Check: 4 Things You Need to Know If You're Going Gluten-Free

February 2, 2015 10:43 PM

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The term "gluten-free" used to only be used in vocabularies of food scientists and registered dietitians, but today the topic of gluten is one of the most commonly discussed food trends in the news. For example, NPR discussed how the growing popularity of the gluten-free diet has become such a fad, it has downplayed some of the serious side effects of those affected by celiac disease. According to a survey by the NPD Group, nearly one-third of U.S. adults say that they're trying to either eliminate or cut back on gluten. But the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness reported only about 1 percent of the American population suffers from celiac disease.

Although gluten-free has become so popular -- celebrities follow it, your best friend raves about it and it works for your coworker -- for many people, avoiding gluten has become a cultural as well as a health choice. People with celiac disease, also known as gluten intolerance, experience gut-wrenc...

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