Should You Go G-Free?

05/01/2011
The Zied Guide
Going gluten-free (avoiding foods that contain this certain type of protein) has become a popular trend over the last few years. While many who cut gluten out of their diets do so because of sensitivities or because they’ve been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, others have begun to do so because they think it will help them cut calories and lose weight, or even get healthier. The popularity of “The G-Free Diet” by The View co-anchor and GMA contributor Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and the estimated $2.6 billion in sales of ‘G-Free’ foods in the U.S. in 2010 show us that gluten-free foods may become, in many ways, more of a rule than an exception for many. Because May is National Celiac Awareness Month, and because many ask me about the gluten-free trend, I asked my colleague and friend Rachel Begun, a registered dietitian, to share some information about Celiac Disease as well as her personal experiences as someone with the condition. ShareThis