BOSTON (CBS) – Gluten free products are all over the supermarket today. They’re meant for people allergic to certain grains.
Now many shoppers are trying to get health benefits from these products, even if they’re not medically necessary.
Busy mom Julie Adams was frustrated because she felt tired all the time. “I remember saying to my husband that I am tired of being tired.”
At times, Julie also felt bloated and had some other stomach issues. A friend had gone gluten free so she decided to try it too.
“I just hit Google and went to a few sites to further see what products are gluten free,” she explained.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.
Most people who go gluten free have a serious digestive disorder known as Celiac Disease. They remove gluten from their diets under a doctor’s orders.
Now more people are like Julie, and doing it on their own.
Restaurants are even offering special gluten free menus. Just this week, Domino’s, the largest pizza delivery company, announced plans to offer a gluten free pizza.
Holistic nutritionist Ricki Heller believes it is OK to go gluten free without a doctor’s diagnosis. “One way to test yourself is to stop eating wheat for four days. You will notice a difference right away if that is your issue,” she said.
Going gluten free without a specific medical condition worries some doctors.
Doctor John Pandolfino added, “When people go to a gluten free diet, they might be getting less fiber and might be getting vitamin deficiencies.”
Since December, Julie has lost 18 pounds and feels better. “I can just get out of bed in the morning and not feel like I have to take a nap.”