The word “gluten” has recently gained a negative connotation, and gluten-free diets have become somewhat trendy, even among mostly healthy individuals. Gluten is a protein found in products made with wheat, barley, or rye. Many people fear that gluten will cause gastrointestinal disorders, fatigue, weight gain, and other forms of inflammation. But, is it harmful to consume gluten as part of an otherwise healthful diet? Aside from those with celiac disease – an immune reaction to gluten consumption that causes severe intestinal problems – who else, if anyone, should be following a strictly gluten-free diet?

What is Gluten?

Risks and Benefits of a Gluten-Free Diet

Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Celiac Disease

Non-celiac Gluten Sensitivity/Gluten Intolerance

Auto-immune disorders 

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD – e.g. ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease)

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis


Type 1 Diabetes

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)


Autism Spectrum Disorders

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