HOUSTON, Texas -- Do you spend your days and nights trying to forget what cupcakes taste like? Are your cucumber bills going through the roof? If you answered yes, then you may be one of the 22% of Americans who have switched to a gluten-free diet. So, what exactly does a gluten-free diet entail?
Claire Siegel, a nutrionist at Snap Kitchen, says, "Gluten is quite simply a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. So anyone on a gluten-free diet will avoid wheat, barley, and rye."
New research shows that the sale of gluten-free products have gone up 63% since 2012 which is pretty impressive considering gluten-free options are around 242% more expensive than their counterparts.
While a small percentage of the new diet's following suffer from life-threatening wheat allergies, the majority of consumers are convinced they have "gluten sensitivity," a diagnosis that the medical community has yet to acknowledge as an actual condition. leading many skeptics to dismiss the diet as an internet fueled fad.
The truth is, there just isn't enough research to back up either claim, yet. Doctors say there's no harm in cutting out the gluten, and many self-diagnosed patrons claim the diet makes them feel better.
Siegel says, "One of the great things to come out of the gluten-free movement is to encourage people to look at their (food) labels, and that's something we love and we encourage people to do it."
But before you make the plunge, make sure you have a diet rich in supplemental income, you're going to need some extra dough to avoid all that extra dough.