Is a Gluten-Free Diet (GFD) the answer to a healthier lifestyle?
â€œGluten-Freeâ€ is a big hype at the moment. Gluten is a naturally occurring protein which has been part of the human diet for thousands of years. My experience has been that the general public assumes â€œgluten freeâ€ = â€œhealthyâ€.
I see many people make the argument that â€œI feel better if I avoid glutenâ€ and so, for them, the logical course of action is just to avoid gluten. However, this reasoning is like a person with a broken leg saying â€œIt is better when I donâ€™t use my legâ€ and then deciding that the best course of action is just to stop walking. That is ridiculous; the best course of action would be to heal the leg. Similarly, with â€œgluten intolerance/sensitivityâ€, the question should be asked: â€œWHY do I feel worse after I eat gluten?â€.
For some – for example those with Celiac disease – gluten does a lot of damage in the body. However, for the rest of us, we should investigate further. Perhaps there is an increased intestinal permeability, or perhaps the immune system has become dysregulated.
A recent meta analysis published in the â€œAnnals of Oncologyâ€ medical journal  shows that whole grains are useful for prevention of colorectal cancer. There are other such research papers which highlight the natural benefits of gluten  .
Unfortunately modern medicine is so focused on symptom suppression, that absolutely no thought is given to the underlying cause of disease. My recommendation is, if you thing you have a sensitivity or intolerance to gluten, go and find a proficient naturopath and investigate properly the underlying cause.