From A to Z, there are hundreds of diets that promise short-term or long-term results, and those that make impressive health claims. From the Atkins diet to the Zone diet, and the Baby Food diet to Weight Watchers, there are dietary plans to help you lose weight or cure some health problem. If you want to clear up your skin eat this. If you want to lower your blood pressure don’t eat that. Only eat at certain times, drink nothing but water, eat only grapefruits, or enjoy all the steak, bacon and other meats your heart desires.
Health.com ranks 38 popular diets, scoring them from the best to worst, but based on what criteria and in who’s opinion? Healthline.com speaks of 23 popular diet plans, with short reviews of each. The EverydayHealth website has compiled a list of 60 popular diets, and Wikipedia lists over 125 dietary approaches which include plans attached to religious beliefs, juice fasting, detox diets, low-fat, low-carb, paleo, vegetarian and vegan diets.
If you want to eat a certain way, there is a diet out there to match your tastes.
The Gluten-Free Diet
There are also approaches to nutrition which cater to those with a particular medical condition or health issue. One such plan is a gluten-free diet. Gluten is a combination of proteins found in some cereals, wheat, wheat-based products and related grains, including rye and barley. This diet strictly excludes gluten, including hybrids and offshoot species such as triticale, kamut and spelt. Some gluten-free practitioners also exclude oats, because oat toxicity is a problem for some people with gluten-related disorders.
Celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), gluten ataxia and wheat allergy are a few of the known health problems that gluten and gluten-based food products cause in some. In the case of celiac disease, a gluten-free diet can be instrumental in limiting symptoms and complications, although sometimes the digestive system does not recover completely.
NCGS shows that you don’t have to have celiac disease to react negatively to wheat and other foods with gluten. Some people experience bloating and stomach pain, and don’t develop any more serious symptoms than that. For a number of reasons, you may decide to embrace a dietary approach which excludes the gluten protein.