Social media r1 has a hold on how society viewstopics. Depending on how a celebrity approaches a topic, there couldpotentially be far-reaching and unintended consequences throughout ourtwenty-first-century media-driven world. Although going gluten-free mayhave helped these celebrities eat healthier and lose weight, it does not meanit will have the same effect on you.
Gluten affects everyone differently. Lotsof people evade gluten under the belief that it will help them lose weight, butif you’re merely replacing your typical gluten produce with gluten-free bread,muffins, and other gluten-free starches, you may be doing more harm than good. “Several gluten-free products rely on oils, eggs, and low-fiber starchesto mimic wheat flour and gluten. Extra oil means extra calories, and alack of fiber makes these foods easier to overeat” (Carr, 2017). Conclusively, “gluten-free” doesn’t necessarily mean “healthy.”r2 Throughout theyears, people have remained fascinated with fad diets.
r3 However, these fads are constantlychanging and are dependent on the actions of popular celebrities and theirdiets. For example, in 2000 there were many different crazes gainingpopularity in America, such as the raw foods diet, the high protein low carbsdiet, the coconut diet, the cheater’s diet, the maple syrup diet, the juicefast, and the master cleanses diet. But what do all these have in common with thegluten-free diet? Exposure. All of these diets involve celebritiesor high-profile people promoting and advocating for the life-changing healtheffects that these diets claim to have.r4 Once an individual of powersings the praises of a product, given societies need to fit in, everyonesuddenly feels the urge to hop on the bandwagon and follow along. While a few of the former diets may haveworked, many have also lead to serious problems with deficiencies in propernutrition. The gluten-free diet is no exception to this malnutrition ofits participants.
Going gluten-free is ahuge responsibility that many are not aware of, and is found to be verydifficult to follow, especially given that the average person does not have theluxury of a personal chef there to teach or prepare meals for them every day,as celebrities do. If you do ultimately choose to follow this diet, it requiressupplements and an acute awareness of what must be eaten in order to compensatefor the absence of the nutrients that gluten provides. This is why thisparticular fad diet should not be taken lightly. Going gluten-free mighthelp you lose weight, as it did for many celebrities, but depending on HOW yougo gluten-free, you might actually gain weight and get even unhealthier.r5 For example, if you fail tofollow the correct steps, you could simply be filling your diet with processedgluten-free alternatives that in reality are less healthy than a diet withgluten (Steve, 2017). Unfortunately, many of its followers areunder-informed and do not fully understand that there are additional steps,beyond simply removing gluten, that must be followed.
As a result of improperlyfollowing the diet, cutting gluten can actually do more harm to your healththan good.