To Gluten or not to Gluten

You sure do see a lot about Gluten Free these days.  It seems almost as prevalent as fat-free or carb-free of days gone by.  I did a bit of poking around on the great World Wide Web and came away with a mixed bag of claims, facts, and tasty sounding recipes.  Some claim you only need to eat a gluten-free diet if you suffer from celiac disease, others swear by a gluten-free diet to control their gluten intolerance.  I read about miraculous cures from joint pain, including rheumatoid arthritis, to stories about autistic children’s behaviors lessening when on a GF diet.  Most facts stated that only 1% of the population suffers from celiac disease, there was some debate over the actual diagnosis techniques as well.  Some touted a simple blood test others said the blood tests were inaccurate and only an intestinal biopsy would give you the true diagnosis.  Several sites worried that the elimination of gluten in the diet would cause a host of other problems, one site in particular that was concerned with this was hosted by the Wheat Foods Council, imagine that.  I believe the best way to find out what you may have sensitivities to is to keep a food journal that documents not only what you eat but how it makes you feel after eating it.  If something consistently causes you problems after ingesting…why keep eating it?  Unless you’re totally masochistic, and that’s your prerogative.  After all this gluten studying I made a simple gluten-free spinach salad with garden tomatoes, spinach and lemon/olive oil dressing.  So far I don’t seem to have any bad reactions to the meal!

 Not much to look at but it sure tasted good!  Must be the homegrown tomatoes!

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