Do You Really Need to Be Gluten-Free?
According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the number of people in the U.S. going gluten-free more than tripled between 2009 and 2014. However, there was no increase in the number of Americans diagnosed with celiac disease, the inability to digest gluten, in that time. Researchers say this gap is due to a variety of reasons: self-diagnosed gluten sensitivity, the perception that a gluten-free diet might be healthier, the growing availability and affordability of gluten-free foods, and of course, the fact that it's trendy!
While the health benefits have yet to be proven, many people report feeling better after eliminating gluten from their diet. In a commentary accompanying the JAMA study, Daphne Miller, M.D., of the University of California, San Francisco, argues that this might be because they're cutting back on processed food or eating less grain in general, meaning gluten itself might not be the culprit. So bring on the homemade bread, pasta, and pizza! And if you need, or simply want, to avoid gluten, we've got you covered with glorious gluten-free appetizers, desserts, and everything in between.