Gluten-free diet triples in Americans

September 27, 2016   |   Evidence in Integrative Healthcare

GlutenFreeCakeAccording to a report published online September 6th in JAMA Internal Medicine and covered in PracticeUpdate, between 2009 and 2014, the number of gluten-free Americans has tripled but the number of individuals with celiac disease has remained unchanged.  The rise in popularity of this diet in the absence of celiac disease is suggested to include the following: the perception that gluten-free diets are healthier and may benefit nonspecific gastrointestinal problems, gluten-free choices are much easier to find in stores and restaurants, increased population who have self-diagnosed sensitivity to gluten and have improved gastrointestinal symptoms after going gluten-free.