In the article “Avoiding gluten is getting easier but it doesn’t mean it’s worth doing it” by Carolyn Butler, the author arguments the present situation of increased gluten-free product’s use. This Gluten-free diet is good for the patients of celiac disease, who are allergic to gluten because of intense auto-immune reaction produced by their bodies that damages the lining of the small intestine is and hence prevents proper absorption of food.(Pubmed,2010)
Gluten is found as a complex protein in Rye, Barley, wheat and oat and can cause various allergic reactions to the hypersensitive people (Wolf,2004) or can cause an increased risk of diarrhea, cramps, and exhaustion to celiac disease patients. However, Gluten is a natural protein having its own benefits of weight reduction and also acts as an energy booster.
Gluten-free products are now separately lined in grocery store shelves and gluten free cosmetics are being introduced as well. Along with internet and media suggesting the increased use of gluten is causing Celiac disease or Dermatitis Herpetiformis which is a kind of itchy, chronic skin rash. The number of people effecting from these two conditions is gradually rising in America who cannot even tolerate a picogram of gluten. This includes both the patients of Celiac disease or those who suffer from minor to severe wheat allergies and even those who don’t fall into both of these categories but are still sensitive to gluten. So gluten-free diet is not only favored by the patients but a wide range of population is adopting the diet who are with the negative diagnosis but occasionally show the symptoms of bloating, gas problems, headache, fatigue, depression and joint pain and ultimately feel better after cutting gluten from the diet. However, for most of the people it has become a kind of a health fashion and for manufacturers and retailers, it is a golden chance to make money (Sampson,2010) because one percent of an affected population cannot accelerate the expansion of the gluten-free market to an extent of $2.6 billion.
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