Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I was on the treadmill yesterday watching TV when this segment on a Gluten Free diet appeared on the local news:
Coincidentally, it's the ame local news station that I originally heard about The Sugar Detox (which is the next book I’m requesting through Interlibrary Loan):
Unfortunately, as of posting this, neither video was working properly – but you can still read the transcripts beneath each video.
Anyway, the lead in to the segment about Gluten Free diets by the anchors suggested they would be separating fact from fad, but I’m not sure I walked (ran? I *was* on the treadmill) away with any concrete information. For example, this comment from a nutritionist left things pretty vague:
“The main reasons people say they’re trying gluten-free are weight loss, insomnia, headaches, ADHD, there are all kinds of reasons…”
Let’s add anxiety, binge eating, skin health, and hair loss to that list. So right, there are all kinds of reasons people say they’re trying a gluten free diet. But does it work? She left it open-ended, suggesting there’s no harm in trying out the diet.
To their credit, it’s hard to give all of the background info on eating gluten free in a two minute segment, and I think they sort of got it right. I appreciated how they distinguished gluten sensitivity from celiac disease, and also touched on how gluten free isn’t necessarily healthy. A cookie is still a cookie, after all.