If you've contemplated going on a gluten-free diet, you're not alone.
Last year, an estimated one in three American adults tried cutting down on the protein found in grains like wheat, barley and rye, according to a small, non-scientific survey by the consumer marketing research group, NDP.
Are there any real health advantages to avoiding gluten in the absence of an allergy? Does it help with weight loss? And what does celiac disease have to do with the gluten-free diet trend?
ABC News held a tweet chat this week to answer these questions more about the gluten-free frnezy. Click here for a full transcript of the chat, moderated by chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser. Our catch the highlights below.
— Montefiore (@MontefioreNYC) June 10, 2014
— Christy Wilson (@ChristysChomp) June 10, 2014
— EA Stewart, MBA, RD (@TheSpicyRD) June 10, 2014
— Lori Rosenthal, RD (@LoRoRD) June 10, 2014
— Dr. Daniel Flanders (@drflanders) June 10, 2014
T5 Celiac disease is managed by a gluten-free diet. Read labels to determine if product contains gluten. #abcDRBchat
— Amy Macklin RD, LDN (@gfroots) June 10, 2014
— Christina TennysonMD (@DoctorTennyson) June 10, 2014
T7: Another downside to going gluten free is the financial cost of the diet, which prevents money going to a healthier option. #abcdrbchat
— Scott & White (@swhealthcare) June 10, 2014
— Liz Neporent (@Lizzyfit) June 10, 2014