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    Men Are Biggest Gluten-free Diet Cheats

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    Celiac.com 06/19/2015 - And the biggest gluten-free diet cheats are? Men.

    Photo: CC--Jason SaulAccording to a recent survey commissioned by U.K.-based gluten-free bread company Newburn Bakehouse, gluten-intolerant men feel stigmatized by their dietary restrictions, which leads them to cheat on their diets far more commonly than women. 

    The survey showed that 36 percent of U.K. men sensitive to gluten in food regularly cheat, even though cheating can have adverse health consequences.

    Moreover, one in five of those surveyed said they believe a gluten-free diet is “not for real men.”

    This makes for some fairly large numbers of male gluten-free diet cheats.

    Studies by the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research show that about 6 percent of the U.S. population suffers from some degree of gluten intolerance, while about 1 percent has celiac disease.

    How about it? Do you or any males you know have celiac disease or gluten intolerance? Do you or they cheat of a regular basis? Share your thoughts below.


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    It's important to not let the title of the article give a negative and uncomplimentary impression of men, in general. The title makes it appear that women are strong willed and diligent, and men are not.

    Probably, if the numbers showed that women were the ones that cheated the most in dealing with a gluten free diet, there would not have been an article on this website. But since studies indicated it was men, then that's fair game.

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    It's important to not let the title of the article give a negative and uncomplimentary impression of men, in general. The title makes it appear that women are strong willed and diligent, and men are not.

    Probably, if the numbers showed that women were the ones that cheated the most in dealing with a gluten free diet, there would not have been an article on this website. But since studies indicated it was men, then that's fair game.

    So we should not say anything negative about men...but since the study showed something negative about men it is ok to report it? Sorry, I don't follow you...

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    I am a man who should have been gluten free all his 58 years but it has only been 13 years and strictness has never been an issue for me given the suffering of the first 45 years of my life. We could use some bumper stickers that read however:"Real Men With Celiac Don't Eat Gluten". I think it sure beats the one that says "Real Men Eat Tofu." (although I do).

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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