5 Misconceptions about Celiac Disease and the Gluten-Free Diet

March 9, 2012 at 8:25 am 5 comments

[Alexander Hymowitz is a 16-year-old junior in high school and has been gluten-free since age 11. He has been volunteering for NFCA by writing articles and “Pep Talks” for Kids Central. We asked him to set the record straight on common gluten-free myths.]

5 Misconceptions about Celiac Disease and the Gluten-Free Diet

1) It’s a healthy lifestyle.

I’ve read news articles online that say going gluten-free is a healthier lifestyle, and that’s not always true. It’s not a miracle diet. You still need to make healthy food choices and keep a healthy lifestyle.

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2) Going gluten-free is cheap.

Though the rise in gluten-free products has helped to reduce some prices, the price of gluten-free bread compared to white bread is quite significant. The gluten-free lifestyle is not a cheap way of living because you get less food for more money.

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3) Going gluten-free is easy.

Going gluten-free requires effort, time and vigilance. Sticking to a strict gluten-free diet requires constant awareness of what one is eating and where one is eating. It requires effort to stay gluten-free and fight urges to eat gluten-filled foods. It requires vigilance to know what is gluten-free, which places are gluten-free, where it is safe to eat and where it isn’t. Going gluten-free is no simple task, and it is not something that comes easily. You have to work at it until you get it right.

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4) Gluten-free can be done all by myself.

Going gluten-free and living a gluten-free lifestyle become much easier when you have someone backing you up and pushing you through it, even when the going gets tough and you have an urge to eat gluten. When I was diagnosed, so was my sister. I know that going gluten-free would have been much harder if I didn’t have someone to keep up with me and know what I was going through.

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5) There is no information out there about celiac disease.

The community is growing, and the amount of information is increasing, too. There are magazines, websites, articles, doctors and much more. One should not get lost with all this information. Take gluten-free living step-by-step until it becomes part of your everyday thing.

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– Alexander

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Susan Jean Chance  |  March 9, 2012 at 8:48 am

    THANK YOU…You are entirely correct with all your answers…….It bothers me that so many people say this is a FAD DIET. Believe me, if I didn’t have celiac, I would NOT be on this “fad diet” !!!

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  • 2. Becca Spears Stocking  |  March 9, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I have been gluten free for 15 years because of Celiac Disease. Back then, it was hard. Now, things are WAY easier. A lot more is “out there” for gluten free people.
    Gluten free CAN be healthy. You do not NEED to replace gluten products, just avoid them.
    Gluten free CAN be inexpensive. Buy in bulk, join a co-op, buy gluten free flours from Asian and Indian markets.
    Gluten free CAN be easy. Eat whole, clean foods (meat, fruits, vegetables). Buy only products that are labeled “certified gluten free”.
    Gluten free CAN even be done without support, but I do not recommend it, as it is so much easier if you use resources from other Celiacs.

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  • 3. Jennifer Garden  |  March 9, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I have to agree strongly particularly with number 4. I can always tell the months when I miss my celiac disease support group meetings due to scheduling or illnesses. It’s much easier to feel isolated, singled out, a partypooper to family or friends who want to go out somewhere and can’t because I can’t eat there. When I have my meetings, I feel much less alone and much less prone to be tempted to cheat.

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  • 4. Audrey  |  March 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    This is great, people need to know what they’re getting into when they choose a gluten-free lifestyle and this sums it up quite nicely. I don’t have celiac disease (more of a gluten-resistant digestive system) but going gluten-free was a huge change and it really does help to have some support, and research is so important. Great post!

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  • 5. Annsley  |  March 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Nice pointers! I like them🙂

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