Social carbs diet, the coconut diet, the cheater’s diet,

Social media r1 has a hold on how society views
topics.  Depending on how a celebrity approaches a topic, there could
potentially be far-reaching and unintended consequences throughout our
twenty-first-century media-driven world.  Although going gluten-free may
have helped these celebrities eat healthier and lose weight, it does not mean
it will have the same effect on you.  Gluten affects everyone differently.

 Lots
of people evade gluten under the belief that it will help them lose weight, but
if you’re merely replacing your typical gluten produce with gluten-free bread,
muffins, and other gluten-free starches, you may be doing more harm than good.

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 “Several gluten-free products rely on oils, eggs, and low-fiber starches
to mimic wheat flour and gluten.  Extra oil means extra calories, and a
lack of fiber makes these foods easier to overeat” (Carr, 2017).

 Conclusively, “gluten-free” doesn’t necessarily mean “healthy.”r2 

            Throughout the
years, people have remained fascinated with fad diets.  r3 However, these fads are constantly
changing and are dependent on the actions of popular celebrities and their
diets.  For example, in 2000 there were many different crazes gaining
popularity in America, such as the raw foods diet, the high protein low carbs
diet, the coconut diet, the cheater’s diet, the maple syrup diet, the juice
fast, and the master cleanses diet.  But what do all these have in common with the
gluten-free diet?  Exposure.  All of these diets involve celebrities
or high-profile people promoting and advocating for the life-changing health
effects that these diets claim to have.r4   Once an individual of power
sings the praises of a product, given societies need to fit in, everyone
suddenly feels the urge to hop on the bandwagon and follow along.  While a few of the former diets may have
worked, many have also lead to serious problems with deficiencies in proper
nutrition.  The gluten-free diet is no exception to this malnutrition of
its participants.  Going gluten-free is a
huge responsibility that many are not aware of, and is found to be very
difficult to follow, especially given that the average person does not have the
luxury of a personal chef there to teach or prepare meals for them every day,
as celebrities do.  If you do ultimately choose to follow this diet, it requires
supplements and an acute awareness of what must be eaten in order to compensate
for the absence of the nutrients that gluten provides.  This is why this
particular fad diet should not be taken lightly.  Going gluten-free might
help you lose weight, as it did for many celebrities, but depending on HOW you
go gluten-free, you might actually gain weight and get even unhealthier.r5   For example, if you fail to
follow the correct steps, you could simply be filling your diet with processed
gluten-free alternatives that in reality are less healthy than a diet with
gluten (Steve, 2017).  Unfortunately, many of its followers are
under-informed and do not fully understand that there are additional steps,
beyond simply removing gluten, that must be followed.  As a result of improperly
following the diet, cutting gluten can actually do more harm to your health
than good.