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Ditch the Gluten, Improve Your Health? Harvard Health Publications

A new health myth has been taking the country by storm.

Perhaps I’m exaggerating a bit. After all, health fads — especially diet fads — have come and gone for decades. Some are more worthy than others. For example, I am impressed by the evidence supporting the Mediterranean diet as a healthy option. As each one of us is different, the “ideal diet” may not be the same for each person. But the interest and enthusiasm surrounding the gluten-free food movement in recent years has been remarkable. Just a few years ago, relatively few people had ever heard of gluten. And it certainly wasn’t the “food movement” it has recently become.

If you’re considering limiting your consumption of gluten, you’re certainly not alone. But, the question is: Will restricting the gluten you eat improve your health? And will it make you feel better? It’s appealing to think so.

Click here to read the full article by Robert Shmerling, M.D., Harvard Health Publications.