Individuals often go gluten free for various reasons and mostly there is really no need to.
The only time you should be on a gluten free diet is if you have been advised by a doctor or registered Dietitian to do so. In this instance there a small number of rare conditions in which a gluten free diet in necessary.
What Is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. And unless you have been advised to do so, there are no health benefits in avoiding this protein. In fact, you are just more likely to end up spending more money on food, have a more restrictive diet and find it difficult when eating out.
But What If You Think Gluten Is Causing Problems?
If you feel that your body does react to gluten containing foods then you should not cut it out of your diet before seeing your doctor.
The reason for this is that if you do have one of the rare conditions in which you need to be avoiding this protein, then in order to diagnose it, there has to be 6 weeks worth in your system. A diagnosis is important as it ensures that you get all the necessary follow-ups, monitoring and support needed.