Gluten-free is one of the latest food fads to take America by storm — but does everyone who espouses a gluten-free diet really need one? Certainly, someone with celiac disease must have a gluten-free diet; but there are also other reasons a person might legitimately avoid gluten, such a a non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) or an allergy. How does one know? A recent study in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology sought to examine how reliably such determinations are made.

Dr. Javier Molina-Infante from the Hospital Universitario San...

shutterstock_142037104For someone with celiac disease who cannot eat gluten, dining outside of their own kitchen is, at best, stressful and potentially dangerous. That's because it’s completely a guessing game.

It is impossible to tell if food contains gluten by looking at it, tasting it or smelling it. That leaves one at the mercy of the word of a dinner party host or restaurant waiter, creating situations that can turn an otherwise fun night out into a stressful situation.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that results in damage to the small intestine when...

1435497_42016849Gluten, a complex protein derived from wheat, rye and barley, probably heads the list of popular foodstuffs to avoid this decade. Websites and twitter feeds abound with avowals of how much better their lives are without it from weight loss to energy levels, avoiding gluten has been a huge benefit.

Is it a smart food choice? Or is it just another fad like many weight loss miracle pills, powders and martini diets?

First, let's be clear that gluten can be destructive for some people those with celiac disease (CD), which affects about 1 percent of the American population. Celiac disease is an...

Every new diet promises amazing results better sleep, weight loss, and overall rejuvenation. But as with most diet fads, even after an initial weight loss, the pounds creep back up. Gluten-free and paleo diets are no exception to this. In fact, unless you have a gluten sensitivity, you are losing valuable nutrients by jumping on the bandwagon.

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10.The Food Babe attacks ingredient found in Subway bread

989040_22128307The chemical azodicarbonamide is used in baking as a dough conditioner, meant to improve the strength and workability of the dough, as well as to increase the speed at which the dough rises. It is a common ingredient in bread. Azodicarbonamide is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the U.S. FDA, and is thus considered safe to be added to foods.

The scare:

Earlier this year, Subway made the decision to remove azodicarbonamide from its bread in response to a petition started by food blogger Vani Hari, known to her many...

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1426350_10396917About three million Americans less than one percent of the population have celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive disorder in which the consumption of gluten destroys the lining of the small intestine, impairing the absorption of vitamins, minerals and calories. The only way to manage this disease is to consume a gluten-free diet. Those with celiac disease may now be able to rest a little easier, as federal rules went into effect this week defining the criteria that a food...

1426350_10396917The gluten-free craze is going strong, as about one-third of Americans report trying to avoid gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Yet, only about two to three million Americans have celiac disease, a medical condition in which the body cannot process the protein. For the rest of the U.S. population, health experts say there are no proven benefits to going gluten-free. However, there are so many health claims out there which may actually serve to bewilder consumers as much as it liberates them,...

Gluten-free diets are all the rage now, as we here at ACSH have discussed, but many of the people choosing this diet don t even know what gluten is. Jimmy Kimmel proves this point on a recent episode of his show. Some of the answers will shock you.

In light of Jimmy Kimmel segment, we took the liberty of answering correctly his questions about gluten in this video.