POSTED: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 5:55pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 8:17am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Gluten-free diets - they're more popular than ever before. Roughly three million people in the US are on the diet and that number is steadily increasing. So, is going gluten-free just another health food craze or is there a bigger reason behind the recent increase in dieters?
"The majority of people that follow a gluten-free diet, which is not a very easy diet to follow, it's because they have a problem. Um, however, it is becoming pretty popular and people that want to lose weight like to follow a gluten-free, or the people that don't want to consume some of the products that are very-the GMOs, for example, they don't want to consume that."
1.8 million people in the country are born with celiac disease, which creates a gluten sensitivity. The individuals with this disorder are on a gluten-free diet, which bars them from consuming wheat, barley, rye and oats.
"If they take the diet very strict, there's some, uh, negative effects that could affect the person or the patient. It could be calcium, it could be iron, it could be fiber, uh, it could be the B Vitamins that could be not, uh, properly absorbed, so they could develop a deficiency."
Fortunately, there are gluten free versions of foods that are usually made from wheat so everyone can get a sufficient source of the nutrients they need most.
Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.