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Navigating the gluten-free boom

Gaesser, Glenn A. PhD; Angadi, Siddhartha S. PhD

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: August 2015 - Volume 28 - Issue 8 - p 1–7
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000469434.67572.a4
Review Article

ABSTRACT Gluten-free diets have gained popularity with the public at a rate greater than would be expected based on the prevalence of gluten-related disorders such celiac disease, nonceliac gluten sensitivity, and wheat allergy. This article reviews gluten-related disorders, indications for gluten-free diets, and the possible health benefits of gluten. Despite the health claims for gluten-free eating, no published experimental evidence supports weight-loss with a gluten-free diet or suggests that the general population would benefit from avoiding gluten.

Glenn A. Gaesser and Siddhartha S. Angadi practice at the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center, Exercise Science, and Health Promotion program in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Ariz. Dr. Gaesser discloses that he receives honoraria as chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Grain Foods Foundation and as a member of the Wheat Foods Council Advisory Board. Dr. Angadi has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Copyright © 2015 American Academy of Physician Assistants
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