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Gluten-Free Diets Are Doing More Harm Than Good, Here's Why

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As our society becomes more food conscious, we're introduced to more new-age health trends that sound like they would make sense, when really they don't.

Now the biggest dietary trend is going gluten-free, even if you and your family haven't been advised by a medical professional to do so.

It's not only health food stores that are stocked up in gluten-free foods, but you'll also find these dry, crumbly, stale breads, spaghetti and cookies in regular supermarkets.

It's puzzling as to how this diet became so widespread in the U.S., since very few people are diagnosed with the disease.

It's estimated that more than 100 million Americans are trying to cut down on gluten, and more than 10 million households are gluten-free. However, only 1% of the U.S. population suffers from the agonizing condition, celiac disease, which requires those individuals to avoid gluten from their diet.

What's marketed to be good for your health may not be making much of an impact at all.

According to health experts, there is "no evidence" that avoiding the proteins found in wheat, rye and barley are doing you good, and in some cases, it may be doing you harm (like exposing you to high levels of toxic metals.)

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