Why do people go gluten free? It’s a simple question that I always assumed had a simple answer. People go gluten free because they have celiac disease or a gluten allergy/intolerance. But, as Felix Unger so eloquently stated, one should never assume anything.
Udi’s recently posted the following item on their Facebook page:
If you are new to the gluten free diet (within the past few months), fill in the blank. I decided to go gluten-free because ____________.
Over 500 people responded and the wide range of answers were absolutely eye-opening. Besides the people who “must” go gluten free, there were so many others who had other ailments that were either instructed by their doc to go gluten free or who went on their own as a last resort. Below are some of their answers.
(By the way, kudos to Udi’s for getting this kind of response from their audience. When I post a question on my Facebook page, I swear I can hear the crickets chirping as I’m posting.)
I decided to go gluten free because…
- I have Lupus and Thyroid Disease…..I just started and hope to feel better soon!!!!! My doctor told me to try it for a month.
- I had a headache that wouldn’t go away for 5 months and my doctors couldn’t find the source.
- Having a child with ASD has opened my eyes up to how horrible the stuff is!
- I’m tired of migraines, I’m tired of being fat, I’m tired of bad skin, I’m tired of being tired.
- Lyme disease.
- It’s healthier. (Dude note: There were A LOT of responses like this. Going gluten free is not healthier unless you replace the gluten with healthy alternatives.)
- Migraines that wouldn’t go away.
- Itching like I had poison ivy times 10!!!
- Because of sharp-peircing intestinal pain.
- It seems to have cured my vertigo and dizziness.
- Fibromyalgia…going to see if it helps.
- My son was having behavioral issues at school.
- My mom is a celiac and I refuse to have anything in the house that makes her sick. (Dude note: Such an awesome answer.)
- I have lupus and it helps a lot.
- It helps my chronic skin condition.
- I have acid reflux.
- Desperation caused by Chrohn’s disease.
- Broken toes. (Dude note: I really wish this person explained this one a bit. Did they break on their own? Did she drop a toaster on them?)
- I get heart palpitations, tachycardia, headaches, bloating and coonstipation when I eat gluten! Don’t have celiac.
- I didn’t know that pooping 5 times a day was NOT normal until a friend told me. (Dude note: I know it’s not funny, but this one did make me tee-hee a bit.)
- Because I have MS.
- It clears my acne.
- Extreme bloating, hives, major gas, diarrhea and depression.
- The doctor said it would help my daughter and her body odor issue.
What does it all mean?
So what to make of these responses? Normally, I’d get on my soap box and say that many of these people are disillusioned in thinking that going gluten-free is a cure-all to all of their problems. But you know what? Almost all of these people said that going gluten free has been a savior and that they’ve never felt better.
Which leads to an ever more important question: Is gluten bad for you?
Are we better off as a society if we totally removed gluten from the food chain? And I don’t mean better off in a lose weight kind of way. But if this many maladies are cured, or at least pacified, by not eating gluten, then I gotta believe there is a serious underlying issue with gluten that needs to be further studied. And not by a blogger, but by the medical community.
Who knows…it may just be a smoking gun.
But we need to learn more.
So please, comment below and tell us why you went gluten free and what it has done for you. And share this post. The more answers we get, the more we can learn.