Lastly, of people on a gluten-free diet

Lastly, gluten-free diets also have one prominent
consequence that has a negative effect on your body. Gluten-free diets “fall
short on fiber, iron, zinc, and potassium” (Jones, 2017).  These key
minerals are essential in one’s everyday life and are not easily obtained
through a gluten-free diet.  “Since bread and baked goods that are marked
gluten-free are frequently made of rice, potatoes, and corn, they are often
much lower in fiber than their gluten-containing counterparts” (Carr, 2017).

 This is difficult as most Americans do not have the time or knowledge to
maintain proper nourishment while on a gluten-free diet.  This can even
cause an adverse reaction to what their intention was since their bodies will
not be able to function to the best of their ability without proper minerals.

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 Many go on a gluten-free diet in order to drop weight or promote a better
lifestyle, without the key minerals your body needs, you will begin to suffer
other side effects which can actually harm your body both in the short and long
term.  In fact, patients with
celiac often gain weight once they start a
gluten-free regimen. The reason is that while they’re eating gluten, many
suffer abdominal pain, malabsorption and other symptoms that lead to reduced consumption
or utilization of food. “Once they’re on the gluten-free diet they
thrive, eat well and gain weight” (Laufer-Cahana, 2012).  A gluten-free diet also causes a lack of Vitamin B, along with a lack of
daily required grains.  In a study conducted it was found that “80% of
people on a gluten-free diet were eating less than half of the recommended
daily amount of grains, and only 1.1% ate the six recommended servings each day”
(Jones, 2017).  This is an alarming figure because grains are an essential
part of life and these statistics show that the average American is not able to
sustain healthy nutrition while on a gluten-free diet.

            Gluten
has recently become a topic of discussion across the country as people attempt
to eat healthier.  Throughout my research, I came to realize that there
are many negatives associated with a gluten-free diet and that these negatives
appear to outweigh the benefits that some claim to have experienced.

 These so-called benefits include weight loss, higher energy levels,
increased happiness, and increased athletic performance.  While those that
report these benefits may believe that a gluten-free diet has actually helped
them, science disagrees.  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.  Those that do implement a gluten-free diet in their
lives might see these positive changes that celebrities boast about, however,
this might actually be a result of the placebo effect taking place.  If
those on a gluten-free diet believe that the diet will help them, their mind
will convince itself that there is actually a positive impact.  With the
influence that those in positions of power or fame have on fads such as going
gluten-free, along with the lack of essential nutrients, increased cost for
food, and the placebo effect, those following the gluten-free diet may actually
be doing more harm than good.  With the
increasing prevalence of gluten-free products on the market, media discussion
of gluten-free diets, and the number of people adhering to this type of
lifestyle, many have begun to question the touted benefits of gluten-free
living for people who do not suffer from gluten intolerance.  Overall, I believe that the negatives of a gluten-free diet, for people
without Celiac disease, significantly outweigh the positives of this fad diet.