Does a gluten free diet give you health benefits?

Probably not. Nobody knows what percentage of people are gluten-sensitive (celiac sprue / dermatitis herpetiformis). Because these people respond so dramatically to a gluten-free diet, and because any claim will attract believers, a gluten-free diet is now being promoted for everything. If there is any benefit for the non-allergic, it has resisted demonstration to the satisfaction of most scientists.
Weight loss. Avoiding gluten will likely reduce your total carb intake and consequently lowering your body weight and exposure to sugar. I do think that gluten intolerance is way overdone.
Not much unless... Gluten sensitive enteropathy is an inflammatory condition of the small bowel where its lining flattens after exposure to dietary gluten, with associated malabsorption, anemia, increased cancer risk.Gluten intolerance occurs in about 10% of americans who may get diarrhea after exceeding their threshold for gluten intake. Short of these patients, trying a gluten free diet is giving in to just a fad.

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Will going on a gluten-free diet improve my health?

Not likely to help. People who have no allergy to gluten don't benefit from a gluten-free diet. Gluten-free foods use grains such as corn, rice, millet, quinoa, and sorghum that don't have gluten, but such foods are more expensive and harder to find. Healthy gluten-free foods are fine for anyone to eat, as long as they are part of a balanced diet. Read more...
Only if you ... A gluten-free diet usually offers no benefit for a healthy person. But for a truly gluten sensitive person, it will change his life. The reason? Gluten damages the small intestine leading to decreased absorption of many essential nutrients not to mention the abdominal discomfort. For a healthy person, a gluten-free diet may help reduce weight since so many temptations will be taken away. Read more...

Can not going on a gluten free diet when you have celiac disease cause any other health problems?

Yes. The problem is malabsorption of food and essential vitamins which can lead to many other complications (neurologic, hematologic, bone etc )and even death. The only treatment is avoidance at this time. The problem with a gluten free diet is that gluten free products often contain more sugar and fat to keep the consistency moist. Read more...

My tummy hurts after eating. I get the runs & feel nauseated. This has been going on for a year. My overall health is great. I tried gluten free diet?

My tummy hurts. You may possibly have irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) or lactose intolerance. If your runs are related to period of stress it could be ibs. Are you usually uptight? Lactose intolerance can be easily ruled out by eliminating milk and dairy products from the diet for 2 weeks. If this doesn't help see your doctor. Read more...
Food intolerance. You may be suffering from food intolerance because of a lack of certain enzymes in your intestines. You may have to go on an elimination diet best administered by a gastroenterologist or allergist. Good luck? Y ou never did tell us what happened when you went on a gluten free fiet. Read more...

What are the bonus benefits of a gluten free diet?

Not much unless... Gluten sensitive enteropathy is an inflammatory condition of the small bowel where its lining flattens after exposure to dietary gluten, with associated malabsorption, anemia, increased cancer risk.Gluten intolerance occurs in about 10% of americans who may get diarrhea after exceeding their threshold for gluten intake. Short of these patients, trying a gluten free diet is giving in to just a fad. Read more...

What are the benefits of having a gluten free diet?

Celiac. True benefit is for those with celiac disease as following a gfd will decrease intestinal inflammation. Others have gluten sensitivity and the benefit is purely in feeling better. Read more...

What benefits are there for trying a gluten free diet?

None... There are really no health related benefits from going gluten free unless you have celiac disease. There are many more people that have gluten intolerance and eating gluten gives them excessive gas, bloating, cramps or diarrhea. For those gluten intolerant people going gluten free might help relieve those symptoms. Good luck! Read more...

What benefits can you experienced from trying a gluten free diet?

Not much unless... Gluten sensitive enteropathy is an inflammatory condition of the small bowel where its lining flattens after exposure to dietary gluten, with associated malabsorption, anemia, increased cancer risk.Gluten intolerance occurs in about 10% of americans who may get diarrhea after exceeding their threshold for gluten intake. Short of these patients, trying a gluten free diet is giving in to just a fad. Read more...

Can you tell me if there are any actual demonstrated benefits from adopting a gluten-free diet?

Yes. It is the only cure for celiac disease. As a 'fad' it serves no purpose. It could hide the symptoms of celiac disease making it impossible to diagnose and may not prevent the complications if not monitored. A 99% gluten free diet is not a gluten free diet. Read more...

What are benefits of a gluten-free diet if you don't have celiac?

Unestablished. Though many claims to the advantages of a gluten-free diet are made for those without celiac disease, they have not been scientifically established. Read more...