Gluten-Free: Fad, Friend, or Foe?

Judy Scheel, Ph.D., L.C.S.W

There are no fewer than 100 types of diets posted on WebMD’s list of  “Weight Loss and Diet Plans.”; padding-right: 12px; background-position: 100% 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">    Some of them are memorable  - shock value intended – the Grapefruit Diet, Personality Type Diet and Blood Type Diet.   Some of them are true attempts at finding a healthy way to eat and live – true lifestyle diets  – Mediterranean Diet and Dr. Andrew Weil’s Eat Right for Life.  Some of them are down right dangerous – Raspberry Ketones, No Fat Diet and African Mango, to name just a few.   

The basis of the overwhelming majority of diets is to restrict one or more types of food or ingredients in food in order to achieve the goal – the promise of permanent weight loss, improved health and ah yes, happiness.  If most diets don’t already insult our bodies by depriving them of proper nutrients, they certainly insult our sensibilities, or should.  Diets don’t work. 

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