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What do you think of CNN asking "Will a gluten-free diet improve your health?"?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 13, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Here is the article, published yesterday.

I, for one, found it unexpectedly refreshing - the first article I've seen in the mainstream press in which a gluten-free lifestyle is not immediately dismissed but instead acknowledged as a viable option for people (even a large constituency who aren't specifically coeliacs).

What do you think?

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on April 14, 2011
at 03:29 PM

I'm glad they used the label "products" instead of "food." 8)

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 14, 2011
at 03:26 PM

I didn't like that vitamin comment, either.

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on April 14, 2011
at 03:19 PM

"un-wheatify and un-sugarfy" -- Love it!

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on April 14, 2011
at 02:26 PM

Yep, I'm right there with ya! I tested negative for celiac (endoscopy and all that jazz), and when I told my doc a year later that my IBS is 90% better when I avoid gluten, he told me "You don't have celiac, so there's no need to cut out gluten." Sooo disappointing. Whenever I hear anyone complain of IBS, I urge them to try cutting out gluten.

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on April 13, 2011
at 09:52 PM

Oh, but I don't like that they said it's hard. It is not hard to eat this way if you know how to cook. My fiance and I make amazing meals that are completely Paleo and healthy and we don't miss eating anything bad.

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on April 13, 2011
at 08:59 PM

I just sent this link to a friend of mine. 8)

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61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 13, 2011
at 08:58 PM

I enjoyed the article. I also was happy to see them mention that boxed/processed foods that say "gluten free" do not translate into "healthy."

This is definitely showing gluten free as acceptable and doable (albeit difficult).

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on April 14, 2011
at 12:05 AM

This is wonderful! I recently had a talk with my mother and she agreed to go gluten-free, but lately she's been attacked by her peers and has started to second-guess her decision, despite marked improvement in many of her physical and mental health symptoms.

I'm going to call her and read the article to her (she's not very comfortable with using computers) and hopefully it'll ease her mind a bit. Thanks for the link! :)

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on April 13, 2011
at 09:09 PM

I think it's great! I love that they touched on IBS. I am still so angry that no one ever suggested to me to go gluten free to help my IBS. Never. Sure enough, being gluten free keeps my symptoms almost completely in check. I think of all the years I suffered needlessly and it makes me very sad. I hope others who suffer will see this and at least give it a try.

All-in-all I think they did a great job. Could have lived with out the ubiquitous "eat lean meats blah, blah, blah" wrap-up but truly anything that helps us un-wheatify and un-sugarfy this planet is a step in the right direction IMO.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 14, 2011
at 03:19 PM

"un-wheatify and un-sugarfy" -- Love it!

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on April 14, 2011
at 02:26 PM

Yep, I'm right there with ya! I tested negative for celiac (endoscopy and all that jazz), and when I told my doc a year later that my IBS is 90% better when I avoid gluten, he told me "You don't have celiac, so there's no need to cut out gluten." Sooo disappointing. Whenever I hear anyone complain of IBS, I urge them to try cutting out gluten.

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I am digging the CNN article! Really comprehensive, a lot of good info, except of course the part about missing out on the "vitamins that wheat provides." Waayy better than this one from LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-gluten-free-diet-20110413,0,3539039.story

I had to leave a "cranky" comment on it; the author's tone was really grinding my gears!

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 14, 2011
at 03:26 PM

I didn't like that vitamin comment, either.

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on April 14, 2011
at 03:14 PM

Some of the many gluten-free products on the market can be unhealthy, Fasano says, because manufacturers add extra sugar and fat to simulate the texture and satisfying fluffiness that gluten imparts.

Im just glad they point this out. Its why Paleo is about Whole Foods, not Frankenfood.

Another potential pitfall is that gluten-free products are less routinely fortified with iron and vitamins B and D than regular bread products, Sandquist says.

thats a strike against bread. They dont have the nutrition in them to begin with...

Know where you get B vitamins? MEAT.

Know where you get D? SUN.

Neither of those are WHEAT, even if 3 letters are shared.

Why don't they point this out? As if Pasta cooked in a multivitamin would become an instant superfood.

Processed Superfood, the Next Dietary Fad. MULTIVITAMIN TWINKIES. Eat your crap and get your RDA of blah blah all at once... Now with Extra Statins!

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 14, 2011
at 03:29 PM

I'm glad they used the label "products" instead of "food." 8)

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on April 14, 2011
at 02:09 PM

Too bad the majority of the commenters are still stuck in a "doctors said it's ok, so it must be ok" mindset facepalm

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on April 14, 2011
at 02:53 AM

I agree with the other answers. This is good. There is not a thing wrong with mainstream media espousing helpful and accurate information. "Paleo" shouldn't be for non-grain eating "weirdos." A Paleo diet is good for everyone, and it will take mainstream positive exposure such as this article for change to occur from the SAD.

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on April 13, 2011
at 10:00 PM

It was very good. I posted it on my FB and caused quite lively discussion, where the main difficulty with implementing the diet was proposed as social: restaurants are tricky, friends can't understand etc. I don't go out often, and my friend to whom i was going the most often for meals was gluten-free as well.

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on April 13, 2011
at 09:47 PM

I like that this is becoming more aware. I quite eating gluten and started eating Paleo after I read that a gluten free diet can reduce the symptoms of essential tremor disease (http://www.essentialtremor.org/SiteResources/Data/Templates/t1.asp?docid=782&DocName=Home; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essential_tremor). Within 3 days my shaking in my hands went away and it only happens now after I have an intense workout or if I am really dehydrated or hungry. Not to mention that eating paleo gives me more energy and focus, I am less tired and my recovery time is reduced significantly. It has literally changed my life and I'll eat this way for the rest of my life.

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on April 13, 2011
at 09:52 PM

Oh, but I don't like that they said it's hard. It is not hard to eat this way if you know how to cook. My fiance and I make amazing meals that are completely Paleo and healthy and we don't miss eating anything bad.

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on April 13, 2011
at 09:17 PM

I like that they mentioned that the celiac tests only are 'positive' when enough damage has occurred. I think this is why my daughter is testing negative right now. People need to know that gluten sensitivity can turn into celiac, but they can reverse the damage if they catch it earlier.

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