Healthy Living

22 Hipster Health Trends That Need to Just Stop

Eating like you have a gluten allergy

Being gluten-free if you have celiac is one thing, but the hoards of hipsters who have jumped on the bandwagon not even understanding gluten or celiac is, has gotten quite annoying, especially to the people that actually have a problem. Shall we call it celiac appropriation? Just stop it.

Avoiding gluten without having celiac disease is another hipster trend that should be put to rest. The diet was created specifically for people who have a gluten intolerance; it was not meant to be used as a popular lifestyle choice for everyday individuals. In fact, adopting a gluten-free diet when you don’t have an allergy towards the substance can actually harm rather than help your body.

The gluten-free diet usually lacks in fiber, iron, and B vitamins while being high in sugar, salt, and fat (fat is used to bind food items together instead of gluten, and sugar and salt are used in greater amounts to add flavor). Besides being less healthy overall, these doctored foods can inhibit weight loss, contrary to popular belief. It can also mess with the bacterial flora in your gut by changing the environment of your GI tract. Several studies have shown the impactful role the body’s bacteria play in our health, so altering this delicate balance can only have detrimental effects.