The gluten free diet is not a diet per se.
It does not have main dietary principles or components, it does not have calorie requirements or food quality requirements, and rather it is the simple omission of a type of protein, gluten, from your diet.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat products, barley, millet, and also rye.
A gluten free diet can be folded into any other dietary framework (e.g. IIFYM, Paleo, Zone, etc.) by simply not eating gluten containing foods.
Originally, the gluten free diet was used to help people with celiac disease avoid GI distress, malnourishment, and a host of other chronic health conditions that arise from people with celiac disease eating wheat. Read more…