As we say farewell to the low-carb frenzy, The Australian reports on another growing fad: Gluten-Free Diets.
Nutritionist Joanne Beer said gluten-free had replaced low-carb as the latest diet craze.
“I think it’s a trendy fad and people are jumping on the bandwagon,” she said.
“I’ve had so many people coming in lately and saying, ‘oh, I’m gluten-intolerant’, and in 99 per cent of cases they are not.”
For sufferers of Celiac disease, following a gluten-free diet is a necessity. However it appears that many people are now self-diagnosing, and buying up gluten-free products.
A spokeswoman for Woolworths supermarkets said gluten-free foods represented the fastest-growing category within the health food market.
Celiac disease can be diagnosed with a blood test. Other than that, there is no special reason to follow a gluten-free diet.