by Kiana Johnson
With the rise of people claiming to, all of a sudden, have gluten allergies, many gluten lovers are now wondering if the illness is legitimate or subconscious.
For those with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder in the small intestine, choosing gluten free options is mandatory unless the person is ready to experience extreme pain and discomfort.
Studies have shown that those who genuinely and truly are intolerant to gluten suffer from digestive issues, fatigue, autoimmune diseases, and more when the substance is ingested.
Regarding the gluten free diet, Samantha Simmons, a sophomore communications major at Dominican University claims that, “it is a fad for some people. In my opinion, it’s not necessary to eat gluten free to be healthy.” She states that a lot of gluten free foods contain large amounts of sugar and, therefore, there are much healthier foods to consume if health is the issue.
In the end, whether or not many peoples’ allergies to gluten is legitimate or not, is the most important issue. In fact, thanks to the fad, now those who cannot ingest gluten more food options are readily available for them across the nation.