In what nutritional and medical experts have discovered.

In today’s world, our lives are often influenced by those
in positions of power or fame.  Whether we notice these influences in our
daily lives or not, they still impact us in one way or another.  For
example, celebrities and sports figures promote their products and diets
constantly, and although we may try to avoid them, we tend to subconsciously be
influenced into believing what our role models promote.  Similarly, when
listening to these influential people boast about their life-changing
decisions, such as eating gluten-free, many people suddenly feel inclined to
follow in their path.  While this may seem like a reasonable dieting
method at first glance, we must look beyond what celebrities promote and
consider what nutritional and medical experts have discovered.  Medical
experts have found that gluten-free diets often fall short on obtaining key
minerals such as fiber, iron, zinc, and potassium, and these minerals are
essential in one’s everyday life. 
Gluten-free foods are also costlier. 
Since these products cannot be cross contaminated, it must undergo processing
in its own facility, and after must acquire at least two regulation
certifications to allow for the ‘gluten-free” label.  Fads, such as going gluten-free, are warped
into something that is a “trendy” diet for those who are not actually required
to follow it.r1   Under the assumption that the individuals being
influenced by these fads have no prior knowledge on topics such as gluten, it
is believed that social media creates a one-sided view and leaves individuals under
informed and questioning “is a gluten-free diet a healthy diet?”r2  
With the significant cost increase in gluten-free food, as well as the
lack of key vitamins, grains, and minerals, it is more likely a gluten-free
diet will leave you poorer and less nourished than a traditional diet, and
social media may be a primary reason for it.


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