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Men Are Biggest Gluten-free Diet Cheats
Celiac.com 06/19/2015 - And the biggest gluten-free diet cheats are? Men.
According 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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