Gluten-Free Diet

02 May 2011

The one which avoids eating foods that contain gluten and reduces IBS

CELEBRITY FANS: Victoria Beckham, Zooey Deschanel, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna

WHAT’S INVOLVED: Following a gluten-free diet has started to become the new “in thing”, soaring in popularity with stars like Gwyneth Paltrow helping to propel the g-free lifestyle into the spotlight. It's no wonder that avoiding the stuff can help us lose weight: this hard-to-digest protein is in everything from fried chicken to beer. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than two million (or 1 in 133) people have diagnosed gluten sensitivity. Research shows that another 39 percent of the population may be susceptible to gluten sensitivity. Gluten sensitivity is known to be a trigger for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which causes bloating, amongst many other undesirable bodily misfortunes.


  • The patience to conduct food label research (a magnifying-glass maybe required)
  • The knowledge that gluten may be listed as something else, such as dextrose

VERDICT: Based on the growing evidence that a large amount of the population has gluten sensitivity or IBS, probably caused by gluten in the first place, going g-free maybe the panacea we’ve been seeking. Our caffeine-charged morning latte sans the cinnamon apple muffin doesn’t sound so appealing, but anything that reduces the bloated sensation so we look svelte for the paparazzi on the way to the office is a boon as far as we’re concerned.

“Gluten-free is one of those diets that gets it right for the most part, despite getting the actual explanation of what’s right wrong! While there is a lot to be said for the actual intolerance to the protein (gluten) itself, when it comes to the other benefits such as weight loss, the results are due to the reduction in overall food intake rather than the elimination of the gluten,” explains UAE-based Clinical Nutritionist and Conditioning Coach Ryan Penny. “I’d say that a gluten-free or even gluten-reduced diet will prove to be of benefit in a variety of ways to the majority of people. Give it a try!”

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