The G-Free Diet
The G-Free Diet: What the Experts Say continued...
"Alternative health practitioners, personal trainers, and celebrities are
jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon like it is a trend and recommending it for
all the wrong reasons," says Case, author of Gluten-Free Diet: A
Comprehensive Resource Guide.
Eliminating gluten from the diet is the only form of medical therapy
available to correct celiac disease, Sandquist notes. "It is not a trend,
fad, or weight loss diet but the essential diet for life and the only treatment
available for individuals with gluten intolerance," she says.
Case points out that a gluten-free diet is not ideal for weight loss because
many processed gluten-free foods contain more sugar, fat, carbs, and calories
than their gluten-containing counterparts. She also notes what she calls errors
in the book regarding foods, ingredients, and its reference to celiac disease
as an allergy.
"The inaccuracies in the book can be dangerous," she says. "For example,
anyone who starts a gluten-free diet can actually prevent or delay an accurate
diagnosis because gluten must be present to confirm the diagnosis."
Also inaccurate is the book's advice to avoid topical beauty and hygiene
products containing gluten; gluten cannot be absorbed through the skin.
The G-Free Diet: Food for Thought
The G-Free Diet has some useful information for those with celiac
disease who must follow a gluten-free diet. But when it comes to following all
of the book's advice, tread carefully. Hasselbeck is a media personality,
not a registered dietitian or medical practitioner.
If you suspect you are gluten intolerant, see a medical professional before
trying a gluten-free diet.
Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, is director of nutrition for WebMD. Her opinions
and conclusions are her own.