What People Really Think of Gluten-Free Diets

An estimated 30 percent of American adults tried a gluten-free diet last year. (Image credit: Getty Images)

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.

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