Should I Go Gluten Free? (Celiac Disease and The Diet Fad)

Should I Go Gluten Free? (Celiac Disease and The Diet Fad)


MIZ: Hey Jayde, do you want some pizza
JAYDE: No thanks – I’m gluten free. Ok so you’ve all probably noticed how much
gluten free shit is around these days. Gluten free bread, gluten free pasta, gluten
free is stamped on fricking everything. But is gluten something we – really- need
to be avoiding? [SCIQ INTRO] Back in the 1990s, scientists uncovered the
genetic markers for a disease called “Celiac disease”. Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disorder,
meaning that the immune system of the body is so over-powerful that it begins to attacking
itself: So in the case of celiac disease, the immune system will begin to attack the
body’s small intestine. Which can cause horrible symptoms from stabbing
pain to bloody diarrhea to an inability to absorb essential nutrients, and therefore
death. The only known treatment for celiac disease
is to avoid the thing that causes the sensitivity – gluten. Now at roughly the same time as we were beginning
to understand Celiac disease, Dr. Robert Atkins came out with his book The New Diet Revolution,
leading the the famous term, the Atkin’s diet. As you may know, the Atkin’s diet is very
strict in avoiding carbohydrates. And since carbohydrates and gluten are found
in the same food groups – pasta, bread, and wheat grains – the carb-hating folks on the
Atkins diet saw avoiding gluten as a more socially acceptable way of saying: Miz: Hey Jayde, you want some pizza? Jayde: ‘no thanks – im on a low carb atkins
diet’. You know, cause I’m fat, and I want to look
better. Makes sense, right? Carbs are bad, they’re found in the same
food as gluten, and gluten causes some people to get very sick. The whole gluten avoiding thing got all caught
up in this low carb fad and then became this general health movement. and so it quickly became ixnay on the utenglay. And so now, about 30% adults say that they
try to avoid eating gluten, most of whom, don’t even really know why they’re trying
to avoid it, they just have this vague notion that gluten is, quote “bad for you”. [whispers] And ironicly, gluten is not even
a carb – it’s a type of protein! And that’s the tricky thing about being
human. Our intelligence helps us recognize patterns
everywhere, even if none exist – so if we see a whole bunch of people avoiding gluten,
and we see a bunch of people avoiding cards, we avoid both – even if we’re not sure why. And alot of the time we are avoiding them
as a type of insurance policy. And yes – There is also something called gluten
sensitivity, which is separate from celiac disease, yet strangely the research is mixed
on whether gluten is what causes the symptoms of “gluten sensitivity.” Which is actually a huge controversy in science
in and of itself. – And we are not gonna go there. For most people, avoiding gluten has no benefits
and can actually be harmful – to our body and out pockets. First of all, the grains the the gluten-free
diet tries to avoid are essential to our health. Many grains are rich in fiber, which is great
for your metabolism and therefore actually helps you stay healthy and in shape. Grains also have a ton of important vitamins
and minerals like B12, zinc and iron. And then there’s the fact that “gluten-free”
product can range from 50 to 200% more expensive than their regular counter parts. That can add up to thousands of dollars of
excess spending a year! – For no reason So before you take on any kind of diet, you
should always consult your doctor. The only way to know if you really have celiac
disease or gluten sensitivity is to get tested by a physician – And if they tell you that
you’re clear for gluten – go enjoy eat some spaghetti. HI everyone! I’m Jayde Lovell, resident science nerd at
the Young Turks Network. You’re watching SciQ, and we know you don’t
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13 thoughts on “Should I Go Gluten Free? (Celiac Disease and The Diet Fad)

  1. I love this video and channel whatever is on the right side of her hair is very distracting.really not trying to be rude

  2. Dunno about gluten, but overweight Americans who for decades tried low-fat diets, still believed it was okay to consume lots of food made of white flour (noodles, white bread, cakes, and other high-carb foods). If you avoid carbs and sugar, you WILL lose weight.

  3. Had heard of gluten free but not aid it any attention. After testing positive for pernicious anaemia and low iron deficiency my doctor also wanted to test for celiac disease so today I had my blood test for it. It's funny how I'd never considered it but now my symptoms fit the profile of has googling celiacs and gluten just convinced me?

  4. Whether or not gluten itself is the strict cause of some forms of gluten sensitivity, that doesn't change the fact that cutting out all forms of gluten-containing foods will stop these symptoms from happening, so it's the same result. I lived with a girl who wa so frustrated because she was tested for celiac and came up negative, but she cut out gluten and her whole life changed within 2 weeks. A few times something containing gluten snuck into her food (like a sauce from a restaurant, or an ingredient that contained gluten that was missed while checking the label) and it messed her up royally. Since it was a 'blind test' she didn't know she was taking, the results are conclusive. She for sure has a sensitivity but because she's not celiac people just kind of roll their eyes like she just wants to be part of the fad. It's amazing how people who only read articles can claim more knowledge than someone who's physically greatly affected by it.

  5. Grains are "essential"? On what planet, and to what species? By saying they are essential, you are saying they are…essential. That means that there are no people that will live a long, healthy life that is free of grains. This is not even close to being true. People have lived long and healthy on a meat-intensive diet, and also on raw vegan diets (grain free). Ipso facto: grain is not 'essential' by definition. You liken the whole movement to one book about a diet. That played a part, but it's far from the only reason. The other main influential book was Wheat Belly which took a different approach. I myself eat gluten so it's not like I'm being a zealot here, but I know it's the furthest thing from being being essential, and cutting out gluten (as far as the 'fad' goes) is not just about weight.

    As for your doctor, they know little about nutrition. They know more than the average joe, but not nearly enough to be considered an expert. This is the worse 'science' channel I've ever seen. A nutritionist knows far, far, far more about nutrition than your doctor. Doctors receive shockingly little information about nutrition in medical school. They learn about how the ankle joint works, but not much about macro nutrients. It's an entirely separate discipline. You wouldn't go to your nutritionist to get antibiotics, and you shouldn't go to your doctor to learn about foods. I'm dead serious, do some digging about just how much doctors know about nutrition. It will shock you how little it's concentrated on in medical school.

  6. Wasted money on it for 18 months thanks to a silly naturopath. Then had a doctor test me and told me I was fine to eat gluten. Such a waste of money and all those donuts/brownies I could have eaten in that time… Thanks for the video! 🙂

  7. Hmm, I actually thought most people who were all "gluten-free" were gluten-sensitive. Uggh. Missing out on pasta and bread is a sin in my book. All things in moderation is my health guidance. Forget all this trendy stuff that's probably funded by competitor research. If I hear a new study one more time, I may …. slam my laptop very gently.

  8. I really appreciate your videos. You should consider changing the subtitle settings because it's coming out white text on white background. It's not only unreadable but distracting.

  9. just do hard physical work then your body might naturally guide you through cravings. the body burns calories fastest within one hour after a workout or adequate physical.labor.

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