In the first of the two-part series, we explained how gluten, a protein composite naturally present in wheat, barley, and rye, is linked with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. According to the Archives of Internal Medicine, one in 133 people has celiac disease (CD) and at least another six percent of the US population suffers from non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

However, there are several myths surrounding the gluten-free phenomenon. This series attempts to bust those myths.

Myth 1: Celiac disease and gluten intolerance/sensitivity are the same thing.
Fact: While CD is actually a hereditary autoimmune disease, being intolerant of, or sensitive to gluten means you are having an adverse reaction to gluten, and your immune system is not involved at all.

Myth 2: You should adopt a gluten-free diet to lose weight.
Fact: This is a very common misconception. Gluten does not cause weight gain, but a lack of portion control does. Instead of cutting back on gluten for the sole purpose of weight loss, try adopting a healthy diet that includes a variety of fruit, veg, whole grains, and lean protein.

Myth 3: You can self-diagnose celiac disease.
Fact: To diagnose CD, you require tests that involve blood and tissue samples. If you choose to cut out gluten before you are tested, it can influence the test results. The best course of action is to consult a doctor if you suspect you have gluten-related issues.

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Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities. She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises. When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.